The story centres on the disappearance of an entire family, which has never been explained. A damaged journalist and an equally damaged ex-detective become embroiled in this mysterious case. As Raker and Healy hunt down the clues and discover there is much more to this than they first realised, the reader is left wondering if the family is alive or dead and how they came to abandon their home in the middle of an ordinary family evening, with the dinner still cooking, the TV on and the dog just fed. The narrative moves forwards and backwards in time and from one side of the Atlantic to the other. A story of friendship and fear, flight and fight, there are characters to be afraid of, others which intrigue and exasperate and some to care about.
This is a fantastic read and will be thoroughly enjoyed by thriller, mystery and detective story enthusiasts, as well as those looking for a ‘different’ holiday book which explores some of the deeper human traits and emotions and offers much more than some of the bland alternatives. The latest in the David Raker series, I guarantee the twists and turns, parallels and complexities will keep you hooked right to the end.