It's not funny-entertaining like the Mrs Pargeter and Charles Paris series, but real, chilling, compelling and, I think, psychologically convincing. I did not like the first chapter - in which the central character forces a man to have sex with her - it's cold and offputting. I advise you to read on. It gets better. You'll realise why he wrote this cold scene that way. (But I admit I nearly did not read on, and this chapter may have lost him many readers). The story is about a single woman, scarred by childhood trauma, and how she relates to others - her colleagues, her brother, her son, her son's girl friend. There's murder in her early childhood and she tries to escape from this, and protect her son from his evil heritage. I don't want to say more. But be assured that the book is not depressing. I have read thousands of crime novels, and these days I'm usually bored by them, or can predict the ending. With this book, the ending took me by surprise. But when you get there, you'll be convinced. The author has played fair with his readers.