Author: Linwood Barclay
Published: September 2015 by Orion
Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review
The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn’t looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side.
Five years ago, after his wife died, David Harwood and his young son, Ethan, left Promise Falls after David gave up his job as a reporter for the Promise Falls Standard, and accepted an editing position at the Boston Globe. It wasn’t ideal though, as David’s work meant he was out most evenings and missed spending time with his son. When he heard the Standard needed a reporter he opted to return and move in with his parents until he found a place. On his first day back at work the paper closed. Not an auspicious start but things were about to get a whole lot worse.
David’s cousin, Marla, miscarried ten months ago and is still struggling with the traumatic psychological effects. When he calls round to Marla’s at his mother’s request he finds her bottle feeding a baby, and she has a strange account of how he arrived at her house. When the mother is found murdered the evidence against Marla is damning.
This time, when he called out her name, it was different. His voice was filled with anguish and horror. The man dropped to his knees. Before him, stretched out on the floor was a woman.
She lay on her back, one leg extended, the other bent awkwardly. Her blouse, which from the collar appeared to be white, was awash in red, and ripped roughly straight across near the bottom.
A few feet away, a kitchen knife with a ten-inch blade. Blade and handle covered in blood.