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A chilling attack. A missing child. And a twisted killer driven to the very brink.

DI Louise Blackwell is still reeling from her brother Paul's murder when she is brought back from enforced leave and tasked with solving a strange new case - the slaughter of wild sheep at Cheddar Gorge, a place shrouded in mystery and folklore. 

When a man is brutally attacked with a machete on the clifftop and a young girl disappears, Louise realises that the horror is just beginning. Rumours of a mythical presence near the gorge are spreading fast, and why is a local environmental cult resisting all attempts to solve the case? With the investigation into Paul's death about to be shelved and her bereaved niece to care for, Louise is under pressure - and running out of time. Can she find the girl and catch the kidnapper before her worst fears come true? 

Drawn deeper into the dark and shocking truth behind the crimes, she soon finds she isn't the only one with secrets to hide.

©2021 Matthew Brolly (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • DebbieDD
  • 02-03-2021

Good Series

I really enjoy this series. DI Lousie Blackwell is a believable character, as are her actions and language. Each book takes on a new case, while continuing to follow Lousies family. The narration is perfection. I recommend this series to anyone.

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  • StL Reader
  • 26-02-2021

Characters not developing

This is my last in this series. I keep waiting for characters to develop more, Louise and ANYBODY else. My optimism probably made me go one installment too far. It throws me because the character exploration and development is better in Brolly’s Michael Lambert series.

On the characters: over the course of 3 installments, Louise stays exactly the same and is becoming annoying. She spends A LOT of time hand-wringing and navel-gazing. Same as previous — she feels the need to be focused on her family issues and focused on her case, talks about these competing demands and the guilt they produce INCESSANTLY. The only character more annoying than Louise is her mother - who comes across as completely useless. She’s always calling Louise (during critical case times, naturally), with blown out of proportion home crises and then won’t actually talk to Louise about what is wrong.

I would have loved it if sometimes, instead of having another go at Louise’s navel gazing, we could have heard more from/about some of the other, recurring but flat characters.

The actual “whodunnit” or case plot was interesting, which made me at least finish the book. But oh my. No more Louise for me!

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