As the house burns, the hunt for a killer begins…
In the dead of night someone starts a fire in a home for underprivileged children in Aberdeen. The flames spread quickly, and one person doesn’t make it out alive.
But the victim wasn’t found in their bedroom; they were discovered locked inside a secret basement underground. As DI Eve Hunter and her team search the blackened ruins, the case takes them into even darker territory.
Soon Eve unearths a horrific discovery at the heart of the property – one that turns the whole investigation on its head. Everyone in this home has something to hide, but who has a secret worth killing for?
This is book 3 of the DI Eve Hunter books and boy does it start off with a bang. Set in Aberdeen, Someone is putting a rag covered with fuel through the letterbox of a children’s residential home. Most of the residents and staff get out except for one 11 year old boy who is for some reason in the basement. Did the person who lit the fire know Lucas was down there? It’s a privately run children’s home, Stephen Alderton took over running it after his dad and the previous woman Sally Fields had passed away. What secrets does the house hold? Can Stephen Alderton be trusted?Why? Who? Those are the questions the team have to ask and work on. It starts on March 7th which is Eve’s birthday but no one knows.
On his way to the fire DC Scott Ferguson witnesses a young male knocked over by a van. The male is badly injured and Scott promises to stay with him. The problem is he starts paying more attention to this than the job he is supposed to be doing. What is bothering Scott about the children’s home? something clearly is. It seems like something personal, what secrets is he holding?
As the team dig deeper into the running of the home, they realise that Stephen Alderton is deep in debt. How? Something else from the past comes to light as the basement is investigated further.
This is a terrific read, I have followed the series since book one and the writing just gets stronger with each book. The character’s are likeable and the emotions feel real as you find out what has affected Scott from his childhood, things he has buried away, but they still haunt him. The vulnerability comes across really well, as he desperately wants to help the boy who was knocked down,who he eventually finds out is named Archie. Could the two cases be somehow linked?
This was engrossing from the minute you start to the very climactic end which will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I personally can’t wait until book 4 in this terrific series.
I would like to thank #netgalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deborah Masson was born and bred in Aberdeen, Scotland. Always restless and fighting against being a responsible adult, she worked in several jobs including secretarial, marketing, reporting for the city’s freebie newspaper and a stint as a postie – to name but a few.
Through it all, she always read crime fiction and, when motherhood finally settled her into being an adult (maybe even a responsible one) she turned her hand to writing what she loved. Deborah started with short stories and flash fiction whilst her daughter napped and, when she later welcomed her son into the world, she decided to challenge her writing further through online courses with Professional Writing Academy and Faber Academy. Her debut novel, Hold Your Tongue, is the result of those courses.