'Sympathetic and suspense-packed' Sunday Times
'A classy, satisfying read, superbly put together' Mari Hannah
A cold case leads DI Grace Fisher on the hunt for the most dangerous killer of her career - but after twenty-five years, can she really be sure she will get to the truth?
The same night a local hero saved two people from the burning Marineland resort in Southend, a young woman was raped and murdered minutes from the scene of the fire, the culmination of a series of brutal rapes in the town. The killer was never found.
Twenty-five years on, new DNA techniques have blown the cold case open. DI Grace Fisher relishes the prospect of finally catching the culprit, but when the evidence doesn't point to one clear suspect, she must reconstruct the original investigation. Any suggestion that the Essex force was less than thorough at the time could alienate her colleagues and destroy her chances of reaching the truth.
Grace finds her investigation shadowed by a young true-crime podcaster backed by veteran crime reporter Ivo Sweatman. As pressure mounts she cannot afford to be distracted. She knows that a cold-blooded killer is slowly being backed into a corner, and a cornered predator is often the most dangerous of all...
There are plenty of twists to this compelling and compassionate tale, but it's the sensitivity with which Isabelle Grey handles the legacy of harm that gives the story its beating heart
The sort of book Rendell could have produced . . . the standout crime novel so far of 2017 - Crimesquad on The Special Girls
Full of well-handled forensics and the brooding atmosphere of the Essex coast - Mail on Sunday on Shot Through the Heart
A classy, satisfying read, superbly put together
Talk about tightening the screws ... one of my favourite crime writers
'Hooks like barbed wire . . . so much more than a police procedural
Grey never loses sight of the impact on victims in this brave and harrowing novel - Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month on The Special Girls
A penetrating analysis of Stockhlom Syndrome with a notably filmic sensibility - Guardian on The Special Girls
The fourth novel starring DI Grace Fisher is excellent; Isabelle Grey is an elegant writer, a careful plotter, and Fisher is a sympathetic, unexaggerated detective who cares - The Times