Detective Sarah Southall is back at work after six months’ maternity leave — and is immediately plunged into a gruelling murder case.
A young woman is found strangled to death in her flat. The only clue is a bunch of wilting flowers and a card bearing the words, Just for you. The victim is quickly identified as Miriam Daniels, who’d only recently moved in.
At the same time, this small Hampshire town is plagued by a spate of burglaries. The victims are all single women in their thirties. Could Miriam’s murder be a robbery gone wrong? And where has her mysterious new boyfriend disappeared to?
As Sarah struggles to balance the complexities of a baffling murder investigation with the demands of a new baby and a less-than-supportive husband, she wonders if coming back to work was a mistake.
What Sarah cannot know is that the killer may be closer to home than she imagined — and her bold but risky plan to catch him red-handed will have terrifying consequences . . .
(Please note this book was previously published as I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY NOW.)
A battered body. A missing handbag. A false confession?
The call comes on Monday afternoon. About to demolish a row of derelict cottages, workmen discover a body in the bedroom of Number 9. A young woman, expensively dressed in designer clothes. It’s a mystery what she was doing there.
She’s been badly beaten. But with no handbag or phone to be found, her identity remains unknown.
Then an elderly man comes forward claiming to be the killer.
Case closed, it would appear. But there are things about the old man’s story that don’t add up. Detective Norman isn’t convinced and when a second body is discovered in a skip behind the cottages the case takes a disturbing new twist.
Norman and his team are in a race against time to uncover the truth before more bodies turn up.
A gripping detective mystery perfect for fans of Rachel McLean, J.D. Kirk, Pauline Rowson, Elly Griffiths, Matt Brolly and Simon McCleave.