He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying.
Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim.
Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed….
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.
With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead.
Helen Fields has done it again, another great read with Callanach and Turner of the Edinburgh Murder Investigation Team, I have been following these characters since book one and I love them. The stories just get better and better as we learn more about the characters, I live following them from the beginning watching them grow.
Working on different cases Luc is back in his native France as Scottish liaison officer to Interpol working with his ex partner Jean-Paul. After a Scottish nationals body is found in Flanders but all that remained was the shell, all the organs had been removed. Ava is dealing with a different cases back in Scotland, initially missing persons cases which become murders that end up linked with human trafficking, more precisely girls for sex trafficking. It’s only when a photo of Ava’s missing person turns up on French soil that they realise the two cases are linked.
These crimes are gruesome and haunting. This can be read as a stand-alone novel but if you haven’t read any of these books I would highly recommend you start with book one, it’s not that the stories can’t be read on there own, it’s more for the character development, within the team, the back ground on how Luc no longer works for Interpol, and the relationships that have grown within the team.
Loving seeing a different side to DI Lively in this book, he hasn’t been the most likeable person in previous books, but this one shows a different side to him, that makes you understand more.
This book is a little more gruesome and gritty than previous ones although they are all fairly hard hitting crimes, this one is not for the faint hearted but it covers subjects that do happen in the world we live in, sadly. But Helen Fields always handles these subjects well. There is some humour within the book as well, not all doom and gloom. It adds a lightness to some of the darker parts.
A thoroughly engrossing, fast paced read, with great characters that literally do just get better as this series goes on, the team are great, it’s like reading about friends, if you have followed the series. Just love them all. Already can’t wait for book 7.
Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me loved it.
I would like to thank #netgalley and #Avonpublishers for an eARC of this book.