When the mutilated remains of local hard man, Tam Whitlow, are found tied to a chair, in a dilapidated building, Marnie Hammond and the team believe the murder could be gang-related.
Whitlow worked for Jimmy Rae, a man who hides behind the facade of local businessman but whose empire has been built on fear and extortion. However, it appears that someone is trying to take over from Rae, someone who is willing to commit horrific killings to achieve their goal.
Meanwhile, Tom Conway is looking for his oldest friend, John Hall, who is missing along with his young daughter, Rowan. As Conway starts to ask questions he finds himself in grave danger.
Is there a link between the missing man and the spate of murders?
Will Tom or Marnie discover the truth before it is too late?
As the body count rises, Marnie realises that there is someone in the shadows, someone who will never rest until they have had their revenge.
This book is so full of twists and turns it makes you think you are gonna get book sick. The characters, story line, and the writing style are superb. I was not sure if I liked it at first, but this book grabbed you from the first paragraph and does not let go. This book was very hard for me to put it down from start to finish.
The characters were very well written and you never really knew if the “good” guy was actually a “bad” guy or if the “bad” guy was the “good” guy. Robin Roughley is very good at keeping you in suspense of which side the characters are on. He knows how to create flawed characters along with really bad characters while keeping the humanity in all of them.
Even though this is the second book in the series (Keep You Near is the first) There is enough back story that you can read this one with out issues. Though it may make you want to go back and read the first one. I know I just bought it to read. Look for a review on that one in the future.
If you like crime novels that can get grizzly and quite a bit bloody. Robin Roughley goes into quite detailed about the gruesome deeds that happen to the characters. It is well written and well worth the read in my opinion.
I received this book from Net Galley for this review.