A body is found bricked into the walls of a house. From the state of the hands, it’s clear they were buried alive and had tried to claw their way out before they died. Soon, the victim is linked to a missing person’s case and DS Adam Tyler is called.


As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Tyler recognises his role for what it is – a means of keeping him out of the way following an ‘incident’. When this case falls in his lap, he grabs the opportunity to fix his stagnating career.


When he discovers he has a connection to the case that hopelessly compromises him, he makes the snap decision not to tell his superiors. With such a brutal and sadistic murder to unpick, Tyler must move carefully to find out the truth, without destroying the case or himself.

Meanwhile, someone in the city knows exactly what happened to the body. Someone who is watching Adam closely. Someone with an unhealthy affinity to fire. . . .


DS Adam Tyler, is 29, he works on cold cases for Yorkshire police, he is the only officer doing this. He isn’t the most liked person, due to a previous incident, but he is very good at his job. Fires are being started all over Sheffield, DS Tyler joins the team that have been called to The Old Vicarage in a quiet village. The property had burnt in a fire, is it linked to all the other fires? What makes this one different is that a body has been found, the property had been neglected since the owner, Gerald Cartwright had disappeared six years earlier, 4 years after his wife had left. Geralds son had just started work on the house. It is then that Geralds body is found, bricked in whilst still alive, another body is also later found. The thought of being buried alive behind a wall makes me feel claustrophobic, even struggle to imagine how that would feel.

DS Tyler needs to solve this case, it could be his way in to get his career back on track, the biggest problem is he’s not really a team player, he doesn’t work well with others, also working the case is DI Jim Doggett he had worked on the original investigation into the disappearance of Gerald Cartwright, also a young police officer hoping to work in CID Anna Rabbani. Adam realises he has been compromised, as his professional and personal life link together, should he have removed himself from the case? has he put himself in danger?

Going back and forth in time, with several brilliant twists, that lead you into different directions, making you second guess what you thought was happening, with an end that just blindsides you. It’s a complex and well written crime story, set in Sheffield. It’s not a cozy mystery, not for the faint hearted. With great characters, all of them are well written. Adam’s backstory is interesting and explains a lot about him, I like him, there is some good banter within the team, which lightens things, in what is a grim case to work.

This is an absolutely gripping, heart pounding read, it’s one of those books you can’t just put down, thinking just one more chapter, a brilliant debut novel. This is a series I will be looking out for, I want to know more about the characters.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Simon&Schuster for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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