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This review is from: No Escape (Paperback)
An absorbing thriller by the vintage crime thriller writer Natasha Cooper this begins with a Forensic Psychologist, Karen Taylor coming to the run-down cottage on the Isle of Wight which is to be her home while she studies a prisoner in Parkhurst who is potentially a sufferer of a Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder. Spike Falconer is a denizen of the island who is suspected of the shocking deaths of four members of another family holidaying on the island. Her work in diagnosing Spike is complicated by some of the discoveries she makes about his family, and is not always aided by the police, some of whom are positively unhelpful. She does makes an ally of DCI Charlie Trench, but the case is not straightforward and, quite slowly, other suspects are discovered. The background of Spike's family grows steadily more important to the truth of what has happened.
This is quite a complex tale and takes some working through. It's an absorbing read with the psychologist's back-story adding to the complications. Characterisation is good but the plot seems over-complicated, and the truth takes some time to emerge.