This is the fifth novel in the Lucy Black series, and the first that I had read!
Midwinter. A child is found wandering through the snowy woods, her hands covered in someone else's blood.
Authorities suspect the child is the kidnapped daughter of tycoon Michael McLaughlin. Once they realize she is far too young to be the missing teenager, they reach a dead end in identifying the girl, who either cannot or will not speak. The only adult she seems to trust is the young officer who found her, Detective Lucy Black. A frenzied investigation to the McLaughlins' daughter, and to discover the name of the mysterious child, is ignited when it becomes apparent that the two cases are linked. As Lucy digs deeper and deeper into the case, she is forced to question not only the persons of interest, but everything she thought she knew about her own past.
Need a new mystery author to follow? Here you go! McGilloway gives us a new twist on the tortured police detective an Irish lass whose family puts the dys in dysfunctional, but for some very scary reasons. Americans know of 'the troubles' in Ireland, but how it affected policing? Ah there's the twist and the proverbial rub. This story is an interesting look inside policing in Ireland, how similar it is to that which we know from English authors, and yet how it is different. Then there is the mystery of the young girl- who is she, why was she found, why is no one claiming her. Is she linked to the missing teenager? McGilloway weaves such an intricate web that you may find yourself totally UNABLE to put this book down until the very end! The twists and turns will leave you breathless, as the unexpected occurs around corners you don't see coming! I read this book in 4 hours, it is such a rolling read! You don't have to have read the previous books in the series, but after reading this book, you will definitely WANT to! I was very impressed with McGilloway's writing and he's up on the top of my list to read for 2014! So if you get a chance, pick up the US versions of his books and you will become a fan too!
About the Author:
Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. After studying English at Queen's University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb's College in Derry, where he is currently Head of English. His first novel, Borderlands, published by Macmillan New Writing, was shortlisted for the CWA New