“The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.
That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.
At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces.
Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?”
Book eleven in the Roy Grace series by author Peter James sees Detective Superintendent Roy Grace drawn into a two simultaneous cases – a corpse found under a path that was buried some thirty years ago and the disappearance and possible abduction of Logan Somerville.
As the cases develop Grace finds himself under increasing pressure when more bodies and missing girls come to light. Added to that he and new wife Cleo are about to move home, Cleo is struggling to cope with the move and their young son and Grace has to deal with his new boss – nemesis Cassian Pewe.
Within Grace’s team Glenn Branson is attracted to a new journalist at the local Argus newspaper, whilst Norman Potting is still mourning the death, in the previous book “Want You Dead”, of his fiancée Bella Moy.
And of course, let’s not forget the always ongoing saga of Grace’s missing first wife Sandy. Events in this book indicate that perhaps, just perhaps, this particular aspect of the Roy Grace story is finally coming to an end… we shall see.
This particular story though is, as usual, full of detail and excellently plotted. For once I thought I had it all figured out by about three-quarters of the way through but I really should have known better! James managed to pull the rug from under me more than once in the final sections of the book.
Characterisation is, again, really well done. You do feel like you really get to know these characters on more than a superficial level which makes for a much more invested and gripping read. Superb…