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by Pentangle Press, 10 June 2016. ISBN978-1530757268
Carol is establishing a whole world for her crime
tales, of which this is the third.She
has a fictional town called Galmouth on the English South coast which is where
this story happens.The fictionality of
the setting is belied by the solid characterisations of the participants, both
major and minor, in this thrilling adventure.
Inspector Rick Evans had led an investigation into the disappearance of 3 girls
4 years before these events take place.They had been killed - their bodies were found in Elmwash Woods - and
the main suspect for their murders committed suicide before any trial could be
held.Rick is haunted by his memories
and his marriage to Annie is falling apart.She is a lecturer at an Art school and an artist who has her own
haunting memories but neither of them has shared their traumas with the other.
disappearance of 7 year old Stacie Frewermeans that Rick is plunged back into his memories with the added fear
that he might have got it wrong and that the murderer of the 3 girls had not
died and is killing again.Annie and
Rick are very convincing characters whose efforts to do their jobs and to sort
out their relationship often conflict.The various issues that lurk between them often have roots way back into
their earlier lives; interesting flashbacks gradually fill out the picture for
mystery to be solved by the police is, of course, the disappearance of a child
and the harrowing developments in this story take centre stage.There are many complications that Carol
cleverly weaves into the story and many relevant colleagues, relatives and
friends participate. The involvement
with colleagues and friends blind Annie and Rick to any outside threats.A dramatic denouement is achieved, partly
through this ignorance.The efforts of
police colleagues, relatives and other friends help to save the situation!
Westron has produced another story which rivets the reader's attention
throughout.The intricacies of the
investigation and the interactions of the main characters and those around them
provide a fascinating story with a satisfying conclusion.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
books by Carol, in the same South Coast setting but featuring different
protagonists are The Terminal Velocity of
Cats and About the Children.
Carol Westronis a successful short story writer and a
Creative Writing teacher.She is the
moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime novels are set both in contemporary
and Victorian times.The Terminal
Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published
July 2013. Her latest book The Fragility
of Poppies was published 10 June 2016.
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction has been
a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands &
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.