It's hard to have a favourite DCI Ryan story but this has to be somewhere near the top of my list. There is a piquancy in watching McKenzie and Phillips bonding with a little girl who marched into their lives and firmly took over. It was also good to see Melanie Yates finally put her foot down with Jack Lowerson but have they left it too late?
There are two major investigations running throughout this book and, in time honoured tradition, they do seem to be converging by the end but - of course - that is the point where the author leaves the reader, hanging over a precipice!
It is reasonable to read this story as a standalone book, it will make perfect sense, but it is much better to read it in sequence with the rest of the books in the series as it does make reference to past events covered in previous stories. This tale may at times appear a bit sentimental but fear not, the author hasn't lost her edge and the death and violence is there as always, not in any gory, graphic way, just implicit in the narrative.
An excellent book in an excellent series.