Victim: female. Twenty-two years of age. Reason for investigation: missing person. ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.
Alice Morgan's disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic - the bones of a saint - and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.
With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold if they are to find the truth.
A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found, or will they learn that those who are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?
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