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In the northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark, until they are faced with a copy-cat crime. The investigation continues apace, yet they are still struggling to establish a connection between the two victims.
Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious: a rift within the family of the second victim. But there is far more to the case than first appears and Valerie is led towards a dark secret, inextricably linked to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II.
Horrified at her last-minute discovery, Valerie realises that she may be too late for action...
©2009 Charlotte Link (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
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By Nicole on 08-27-17

Time I will never get back

Would you try another book from Charlotte Link and/or Catherine Harvey?

Nah

Any additional comments?

All characters in this book are weak inept and without personality, the story mirrors these attributes and the narrator made the trifecta of complete disappointment.

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By Mandy Tout on 04-30-15

Depressing but gripping

A very sad story well written and devised. A real who done it with an extremely long narrative. I would read anothe by this author.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful


By Peter Weatherby on 01-31-15

Enjoyable, but long ...

I enjoyed this book and was surprised to discover that it is apparently a translation from the German. It has a very English setting in both time and place. With only a couple of small irks the translation was quite natural and flowed well.
The narration was good, clear and expressive, though the female characters were mostly if a rather similar type, and the narrator struggled to make them different enough to overcome what I think are weaknesses of the text.
This was a rather long tale, long in getting started (so much so that I had to check at first it wasn't a succession of disconnected short stories) and long in coming to an undramatic conclusion that was on the cusp of unbelievability.
The best feature was definitely the book within the book which was more engrossing than the core of the story itself. This was especially well constructed and engaging.
Overall, despite its length and pace it was an enjoyable read and at no point did I feel like putting it down.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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