Back of the book :
Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.
So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.
Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?
And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.
What I think :
D.S Washington Poe has just been arrested.
What is his crime … ?
Has Poe been set up or is he guilty … ?
Two weeks earlier :
When the girl walks into a library in a small village in Cumbria, where the local four-weekly police desk is held, no-one bats an eyelid. Constable Alsop certainly didn’t. He was actually thinking about the souffle he was going to make his wife in a bid to butter her up so he could go on a golfing holiday. But when the girl approaches the desk, he immediately knows that something is wrong, very wrong.
She claims to be Elizabeth Keaton.
The thing is Elizabeth Keaton’s father Jared Keaton, chef to the stars, was jailed for her abduction and murder six years ago.
Could this girl really be Elizabeth ? Her body was never found.
D.S. Washington Poe lead the Elizabeth Keaton Murder inquiry at the time and it was mostly his testimony that put Jarod away.
Elizabeth claims that she was abducted from the family restaurant, ‘The Bullace & Sloe’ by a local and was repeatedly raped. But before he took her he cut her arm and sprayed her blood all around the kitchen to make it look like she’d been murdered.
Does this mean that her father is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned … ?
So Poe goes back to Cumbria to see if six years ago he was wrong and he missed something vital to prove that Jarod didn’t actually kill his daughter.
Then when the news comes in that after blood tests, it proved that the alleged Elizabeth is actually Elizabeth. Poe knows that he’s in trouble. How can that be ? How can someone be dead but alive ?
Jarod’s legal team have started legally to challenge his conviction and Poe’s boss D.S Gamble is put on ‘Gardening leave’ so Poe knows that he’s running out of time.
Poe knows if he’s got any chance of getting out of this mess he needs to call in his best friend Matilda ‘Tilly’ Bradshaw. She a whizz on a computer and if anyone can help him its her.
Will they be able to solve this impossible case in time … ?
I really enjoyed this book, its the first I’ve read from this author. I’d heard so many good things about his first book ‘The Puppet Show’ that I was intrigued to find if it was true. Let me tell you that I wasn’t disappointed. It starts off quite slow then it really sped up and I couldn’t put it down.
It has quite small chapters so it becomes quite a page turner, I was really interested to find out how it ended and how it was done !
I found it quite dark in places with loads going on, there are plenty of twists and turns and some red herrings too that take you down the completely wrong road. The ending was pretty explosive and I must admit I did find out some pretty cool tech stuff about blood too !!
I will definitely be buying the authors first book, if only to get the full picture about D.S Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw’s friendship if nothing else. Their characters were wonderfully drawn and I felt really knew them.
All in all I really loved this book and give it my highest award 10/10 (5 stars )
Published on 12//12/19 by Constable (Little Brown)
The biggest Thank you to Beth Wright from publishers Little brown for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.