The second in the series, set in the Northern Ireland border town of Ballyterrin where Dr Paula Maguire is working with the police as a forensic psychologist . The opening scene is well written and takes you straight into the storyline involving a missing newborn child and a separate incident of a murdered woman, these events are quickly followed by others.
The scene setting of a small border town was good, the underlying tensions left after the peace process are very good and the storyline moved along at a good pace. The characters were well rounded as are Paula's family who she has returned to live with after a long period away on the mainland.
The plot does involve gruesome scenes and I felt this was done really well, descriptive but not overdone. There are plenty of twists and turns which kept it interesting and I found myself warming a bit more towards Paula as a character in this book, though I must still confess to being somewhat exasperated by her at times.
Whilst this book could certainly be read as a standalone novel I would recommend reading The Lost
, the first in the series beforehand
A good read and I look forward to seeing how things develop in the third.