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When Frank Mackey was nineteen he was poised on he edge of a new life, about to run away with Rosie Daly, the love of his life, escape his family and the Dublin flat he called home, and start a new life in London. But when Rosie failed to arrive at their rendezvous, Frank began a new life alone, believing Rosie had left him. Twenty odd years later and Frank is an undercover policeman, still estranged from his family. Until his sister calls to tell him that Rosie's suitcase has been found, and Frank realises that there may be a more sinister reason behind Rosie's disappearance.
This is an excellent thriller, with a sad underlying story, as Frank has built his life around the belief that Rosie left him and is living happily somewhere. When he learns that this may not be the case he has to re-evaluate his life. His turmoil is portrayed well, in an understated way.
Frank's family are a dysfunctional nightmare, especially his parents, and it's esy to understand why he ran away. The street they live on is a close knit community, and quite old fashioned, and the sense of suspicion that arises when Frank returns is claustrophobic.
Although I was fairly sure early on who the 'bad guy' in the story was, there were enough turns in the plot to keep it interesting, and I would definitely read another book by this author.