When a three-year old girl is reported missing, DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned the case. But Gilchrist soon suspects that the child's mother - Andrea Davis - may be responsible for her daughter's disappearance or, worse, her murder.
The case becomes politically sensitive when Gilchrist learns that Andrea is the daughter of Dougal Davis, a former MSP who was forced to resign from Scottish Parliament after being accused of physically abusing his third wife. Now a powerful businessman, Davis demands Gilchrist's removal from the case when his investigation seems to be stalling. But then the case turns on its head when Gilchrist learns that a paedophile, recently released from prison, now lives in the same area as the missing child.
The paedophile is interrogated, but hours later his body is found floating in the harbour with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and Gilchrist launches a murder investigation. As pressure relentlessly mounts on Gilchrist, he begins to unravel a dark family secret, a secret he believes will solve the fate of the missing child.
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A man with a child in his ears
Like many I’ve really enjoyed this series. The combination of action, fine characters, grisly yet multi-layered plots and excellent narration have been a powerful and winning combination. This time things have changed a little. Compared to The Meating Room and others that preceded it this is a much more considered and less frenetic episode. I still enjoyed it and the narration is, of course still excellent. The plot has the usual twists and turns and Gilchrist’s stress levels are indeed raised because of the case, his family and his relationship with Cooper. Gilchrist also has an interesting tussle with an old enemy within the force and Jessie continues to be a star in her own inimitable way.
It is undoubtedly a change of pace though. Don’t get me wrong it’s a way off becoming Midsomer Murders and there are some tough subjects at the core of this. I do wonder though if Muir struggled a bit with the child theme and reigned in his usual exuberance a bit as a result. Everything naturally becomes more sensitive once young children are at the core of a plot.
I’d still recommend this, I still enjoyed it but it is worth noting that it does run to a different tempo and tone in some ways to the other books. I think these things and the darkening relationship that Gilchrist has with Cooper mean that while still a worthy book it won’t go down as a favourite of mine in this series.
I'll still be buying the next one though!
Being Scottish, it was nice to listen to a Scottish narrator & for the story to describe various locations in Scotland. I thought the story had lots of suspense and twists and turns & loved every bit of it. I will definitely be looking out for more books by the author & performances by the narrator, as his was great in this. I loved his ability to sound like an English or Scottish man or woman. I never guessed the outcome of the story, which I loved.
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Took a while to get into this book - it was my first T F Muir and I wasn't sure whether I should have read the other 5 first, but once I got into it I was glued to my earphones listening at every opportunity.
I shall be going back to start with Book 1.
Being able to lose myself in a good book has saved my sanity more times than I really want to recall . Books are my favourite friends .
loved it an exciting story line ,exvellent chatacters , will look for more books by this author
I am an avid multi tasker, I love to listen as I walk, ride, clean... Mostly love crime novels but have an occasional foray into other genre
I tried to listen a couple of times but wasn't gripped. The story takes a long time to get going. I really only finished it because I was on a long car journey. The story in the end, is quite complex, it has all the right ingredients for a good detective story. It just doesn't quite deliver. This was my second TF Muir boom and my opinion hang changed. Just not for me.
Fantastic read although less tense than the previous books in the series, note the title change of direction. A good mixture of intrigue and the mind of a criminal.
I really liked this story the characters good and the reading made even more enjoyable I recommend this story it was interesting that there was two stories with main character life it made it bind together and more real as well it drew more into the story and made it more real
This is the first DI Gilchrist book is I have listened too and like the character so will be choosing more. There story moved on well enough but there were no real surprises.Although a novel It gave a good indication as to the groundwork involved in pursuing a case and the piecing together of evidence. Love the fiery character of Jessie who really compliments Gilchrist more paced logical traits.
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