Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, Dc Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas…

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation… It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.

NO matter that she is off duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.



This can be read as a stand alone novel but I would recommend you read the first in the series before trying this one (No Time To Cry)mainly because throughout this book there are constant things referring to the first book. Lady Constance Fairchild or Con is a Detective Constable but in this book she is suspended after the case she worked on in the first book which led to high profile arrests of people of importance as well as police officers. So Con is not very well liked around the station, she is being hounded by the press being called the “posh cop”. She doesn’t get on with her family as they disapproved of her choice to become a police officer. Despite her upbringing she is far from being the Lady she was raised to be.

This story revolves around a young mans body Con finds behind some bins near where she lives he has been brutally mutilated but is still alive. Con calls it in and things go on from there. Despite Con not being allowed anywhere near the case she defies her superiors and pops up wherever something is happening. She is constantly trying to hide from the press.

She goes to Edinburgh where we meet her aunts psychic friend Rose who is a little strange but a unique character that we may see more of in future books. Con’s mother who seems to get taken in by religious cult like leaders giving away money. Her misogynistic father.

I love the way Oswald normally writes but this one just didn’t hook me in. Con just seemed to be flitting about it is supposed to be a police procedural book. But it seemed to lack this this time possibly because Con is suspended. I felt part of the story repeated itself where Con was running away from whoever was chasing her and both times it was written that she would be ok as she had the advantage of knowing the area so could evade capture by using back alleys and side streets.

There are some good characters in this that hopefully could develop more for the next book. Just a little disappointed with this one so only going to give it 3 stars.


James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

James farms highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.

Thank you to #netgalley and #Headline Wildfire # Nothing to Hide #JamesOswald for letting me have an ARC of this book all opinions are honest and my own.

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