Jenny is a new mother; exhausted, tearful, brittle. She finds herself sleep-walking, barefooted in the snow, down to the nearby lake which seems to have a hold on her. Her visions include shadowy figures and threatening whispers. Inexplicably, barely remembered childhood memories of her late mother surface.
A young girl’s body is found under the ice there. Jenny hands a phone that she finds there to the police, but how to explain that, when searchers had already covered the ground?
DCI Maarten Jansen heads up the police team. With Christmas only a week away the pressure is on to solve the case, then another girl goes missing.
And once again, Jenny is so involved as to become a suspect, but Jansen keeps faith in believing that she somehow holds a vital key. However, the gap between Jenny and her mystified husband continues to widen as her involvement increases.
Most of the time, I loved the author’s staccato sentences and flash images, although sometimes they got a little overdone. Nonetheless, her characters are beautifully sketched and warmly real. The whodunnit factor is great and the answers and twists are convincing.
Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers, South Africa, who are distributing this Head of Zeus Imprint, for an ARC. ISBN 9781788548014.