From the bestselling author of With Our Blessing and The Confession comes a gripping new mystery
From the bestselling author of With Our Blessing and The Confession comes a gripping and chilling new mystery
'Horrifyingly dark . . . a deeply satisfying read' Sunday Times
Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oilean na Caillte, the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina's. The hospital has been closed for decades and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss is handing him a cold case to sideline him.
But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead - one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances forty years ago. He appears to have been brutally murdered.
As events take a sudden turn, nothing can prepare Reynolds and his team for what they are about to discover once they arrive on the island . . .
'Deft plotting and expert handling of tension make for an intelligent mystery' Guardian
Reliably assured plotting, sympathetic characters - and something horrifyingly dark lurking at the edges - make Spain's latest DCI Tom Reynolds title a deeply satisfying read - Sunday Times
Deft plotting and expert handling of tension make for an intelligent mystery - The Guardian
Absolutely my comfort reading - Ann Cleeves
Packed with fascinating details . . . this is a satisfying mystery - Irish Independent
Atmospheric and compelling - Sinead Crowley
Jo Spain's vivid thriller explores the dark secrets from Ireland's past that continue to haunt Irish society today - Martin Sixsmith, author of Philomena
In a very strong year for Irish crime-fiction debuts, Jo Spain's With Our Blessing is among the most assured . . . With Our Blessing picks at the scabs of recent Irish history to reveal raw and gaping wounds - Irish Times
Spain's vivid thriller explores the dark secrets of Ireland's past - Irish Country Living
Jo Spain is a full-time writer and screenwriter. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller, The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Jo co-wrote the ground-breaking television series Taken Down, which first broadcast in Ireland in 2018. She's now working on multiple European television projects. Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.