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When DCI Serena Flanagan is asked to sign off the suicide of a severely disabled local businessman, she finds herself envying the grieving widow’s comfortable life and devoted marriage, until the widow’s close relationship with the local rector starts to sound an alarm. But with a clean crime scene and no evidence to back her up, have Serena’s instincts led her down the wrong path?

With her husband struggling to deal with the aftermath of an attack that nearly cost him his life, and her young children anxious and unhappy, Serena’s determination to unlock the mystery of what happened in that house may cost her her job – and her family.

"It's a clever plot, and Flanagan is a superb creation, one of the most convincing women detectives around." - The Times

"There's a chilling core to this pitch dark and powerful thriller." - Sunday Mirror

"Neville goes from strength to strength, giving us a flawed detective who retains her humanity in spite of the dark, bleak landscape of Ulster." - Daily Mail

"[An] excellent sequel to 2015's Those We Left Behind. [A] complex and compassionate study of the human condition." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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