Author: Jane Isaac
Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Book Review
You think you know him. Until he’s dead.
When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.
Cameron Swift is shot dead outside his house in a quiet residential area early one Sunday morning, as he put his golf bag in the boot of the car. The biker assassin was gone before anyone saw him, leaving no trace, but not before he took the time to photograph Cameron’s body lying in a pool of blood. Soon afterwards an anonymous tweet appears showing the photo.
DC Beth Chamberlain is called in as part of the homicide team and given the position of Family Liaison Officer. Part of her job is to investigate Cameron’s family to try and discover why he was killed in such a terrible way. Beth and the team have little to work with initially, there seemed to be no possible motive for the murder, but there was more to Cameron Swift than was at first apparent. As more enquiries are made and the case unfolds gradually, the body count increases. Everyone seems to be hiding something, no-one more so than Cameron Swift.
The tense prologue and opening chapter get the story off to a terrific and suspenseful start.
The moments before death were not at all how she imagined them to be. No images, carved from the recesses of her memory, flashed before her. No celebrated successes or missed opportunities. Instead, an overwhelming fear beat a tune beneath her skin, faster and faster, picking up momentum, immobilising her organs, one by one.
Where they out there? She risked a fleeting glance at the window. She couldn’t see them, hadn’t heard the soft thrum of their engines in the distance, felt their clandestine footfalls as they crept around the perimeter of the house. But there were children inside, they would be discreet.