Back of the book :
The truth won’t stay looked away forever …
When a burnt body is found in a disused signal box, suspicion falls on lonely teenager Gabriel Webb. There’s no doubt he was at the scene of the crime, but does he really deserve what awaits him in prison ?
DS Imogen Grey is certain there’s more to the case, but while she struggles to convince others of the truth, her partner DS Adrian Miles is distracted by his own demons.
When a brutal double murder is reported, their investigation stops short. The duo realise Gabriel might be locked up for a crime he didn’t commit – but with enemies watching his every move, they might be too late …
What I think :
A charred body is found in a old signal box by the railway track in Exeter, Is goth Gabriel Webb to blame ? Yes, he was there at the scene of the crime on the day it happened. But was it him that actually committed the crime ?
DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are on the case, and something just isn’t adding up. However Adrian has other things on his mind, his son’s new step-father isn’t all he seems and his son thinks that he’s up to no good. Adrian has already had Dominic investigated and found a few disturbing things, however nothing that sticks.
They have Gabriel in custody and he is on remand in prison, however when there is a brutal double murder of an elderly couple and their dog, again things don’t quite seem as they should do. Have they really got the right person in custody after all ?
Poor Gabriel isn’t fairing very well in prison, things seem to happen to his cell mates, they’re taken off to the hospital wing never to be seen again, and he seems to be being watched constantly, and not just by the screws. There is something quite sinister going on and the screws just seem to turn a blind eye ….
Will Imogen and Adrian be able to solve these crimes before its too late …. ?
This is a really fast-paced, dark novel. Right from the beginning there is something going on. it had me riveted.
Again we are reunited with DS Imogen Grey and her partner DS Adrian Grey, Imogen is struggling, she knows she needs to keep her mind on the case, however she has Dean her ex-convict boyfriend on her mind, she doesn’t know where she stands with him. He’s still acting strangely and blocking her out. Adrian is still trying to figure out what Dominic (his ex-wife’s new husband) is up to. He knows that he’s involved in something bad but he doesn’t know what. He fearing for his son and his ex-wife. He wouldn’t hurt them, would he ?
The characters are brilliantly written and there is one massive twist at the end. All in all this is another fabulous third novel from the pen of Ms Diamond. I can’t wait for the next one !
I give this marvellous book 9/10 ( 5 Stars )
Published by Avon on 21/09/17.
A huge Thank you to Sabah Khan from Avon for the review copy of the book.
Here for your reading pleasure is an extract from the book ….
Extract Five from Chapter One, pp 17-18
It had started to spit. As they approached the fence, Gabriel saw two guys in their late teens standing waiting for them, hoods pulled up against the rain. Leanne yanked up some of the chicken wire fencing and disappeared behind it. Gabriel and Emma followed. The disused signal box near Exeter Central station was a known hangout for some of the less savoury characters that Leanne was friends with. As they made their way down, Gabriel heard a commotion and the sound of glass smashing; he was kind of excited at the rebelliousness of it all. In Gabriel’s eyes, the only thing worse than being bored was listening to his parents either fighting or fucking. Tonight was going to be far from boring, he would make sure of it.
Gabriel had seen the boys by the tracks in town before; they were Laners. Laners were the scum of the city as far as most people were concerned. Burnthouse Lane had a reputation for being home to some of the more violent members of local society. Between the ASBOs and the muggings there was little love left for the Laners. The kids were left to fend for themselves and the adults just did what they wanted. There was no community feel to the Lane, except among the teens. Several of the boys claimed to be the offspring of the Sly crew, the firm of football thugs that supported Exeter FC and made a name for themselves in the eighties. The Sly crew were not only well known for their random acts of violence, but also their almost myth-like status. None of the teens were sure if they had ever actually existed or not, which somehow made them even more terrifying to boys like Gabriel growing up. Everyone from the Lane had a story about the Sly crew, usually exaggerated to the point where they had witnessed a murder or were owed a massive favour that they could call in at any time.
Inside, the signal box was set up like an office, with all the levers chained to the wall, although most likely no longer connected to the tracks. There were three large chairs facing the centre and various wrappers, bottles, needles and other rubbish lying around the place. Gabriel stayed standing, aware that they may need to start running at any moment if anyone figured out they were in there. Emma wrapped her arms around herself, rubbing her arms as though she was cold and huddling up on a chair, crossing her legs to stay warmer.