Six weeks after vanishing, Sarah Langton is suddenly found – delirious and starved close to death. The police struggle to find any answers.


When another missing person reappears, half-crazed and hysterical, a terrifying pattern emerges:a twisted predator is pushing his victims to insanity.

DS Corcoran, haunted by a previous case, and Dr Marie Palmer, a leading criminal psychiatrist, must try to establish a link between the survivors.


As it becomes clear others are in grave danger, every second will be critical. But can Corcoran and Palmer unravel the deadliest of puzzles in time?


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, DS Aiden Corcoran is still struggling to cope with a previous serial killer case he had worked on, feeling he had failed because he hadn’t prevented to of the victims being killed, but he had caught the killer. He had also injured his hip, and had refused to have surgery on it, so suffered with pain. Marie Palmer is a criminal psychologist, she has worked with serial killers, helping them rehabilitate in prison, refusing to see them as just evil, she truly believes they can be saved.

When Aiden and Marie are first put together by Aiden’s boss DI Thompson he is not very impressed, even less so when Marie tells him of the work she has done. To him once these killers are caught and in prison his job is done it’s all black and white.

Marie is brought in when a young woman Sarah Langton is thrown out of a van, her body is emaciated, just skin and bones, her organs are virtually shutting down, and she is only just conscious. When she gives her name it turns out she had been missing for 6 weeks. Marie knows how to talk to her, what questions to ask. The following day a second body is dumped, Howard, he has been subjected to sleep deprivation, been made to listen to the same song over and over. He had been missing for two weeks. On the third day another missing person turns up Matt, he has been kept for 5 months, been immersed in water, for much of that time, leaving him not knowing if he is real or even alive half the time.

What do these three have in common, except for it seems being help in some kind of cells by the same person, they all live in different parts of the UK, they don’t know each other. Then another young woman is taken, Dawn, she is diabetic and the race is on to try and find who is responsible, and can they catch the serial abductor before it’s too late.

Told over the three days, each chapter starting a few hours later as Marie and Aiden work together to try and crack the case, they start to get used to each other, and bond. Each chapter is told from the view point of either Marie, Aiden or one of the victims. Mostly through Aiden and Marie. The tension gradually builds from start to finish.

I really like both Aiden and Marie, both are really well written three dimensional characters, the story is brilliantly plotted, encouraging to keep reading to find out who and why this person was abducting seemingly random people. A definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. If you like a good police procedural then grab a copy of this. A great start to what I hope will be a good series. Can’t wait to see where these two go next, as well as some of the other characters.

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

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