I recently read Cambridge Blue by this author which I had found it slightly confusing in places with a couple of strands in the plot I could not work out, but will say straight away that her second, just published in hardback, is much better.
We meet DC Gary Goodhew once more, the youngest detective in the Cambridge Police Force who is so driven and intuitive that his immediate superior is keeping a close eye on him, as well as a file locked safely away in his office clocking his every move. With good reason, as DC Goodhew is one of those annoying maverick type cops who prefers to work alone and cut corners. Without these kind of characters I sometimes feel the detective genre would come grinding to a halt.
Kimberly Guyver and her friend Rachel Golinski have a secret which they hope to have left behind them, but when a car is dredged up from the sea in Spain with a dead body inside and the identification of the corpse brings events closer to them than they would like, flight is the only answer. But before they have a chance to disappear, Rachel is murdered, her house burned down and Kimberly's little son vanishes. Although distraught at the disappearance of her son, Goodhew feels Kimberly is keeping something back and is being uncooperative with the police despite the dangers facing her.
Much better plotted than Cambridge Blue and, as with a new series, it takes a while for the characters to bed in and for the reader to begin to warm to them. Not sure I have warmed to Goodhew yet, but am getting there and his relationship with his old school mate and his grandmother show his off duty side and make him a much more rounded personality. These books are settling in nicely now and I shall be looking forward to the next one in the series.