DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London’s Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work but he’s a shadow of the detective he was a few months before.
Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest that she doesn’t have long to find him.
When Jane is sent to a site in Elmstead Woods she stumbles upon a sinister murder scene. A tomb has been created, and the body she finds is not Mark’s – as she dreaded and suspected – but that of missing university student, Maggie Hungerford. Her killer recorded her last moments, even providing an air supply which was only cut off when the game lost its thrill.
Two men admit to having had a sexual relationship with Maggie. Both deny murder. Someone is lying. And Mark is still missing. When another tomb is discovered, an anonymous tip and mounting evidence suggest a disturbing link which threatens to derail both cases and let a murderer walk free.
Lockyer is shocked into supporting Bennett in a case which becomes ever more ominous and dangerous as the investigation deepens. They know that their hunt is for a killer with a mind so twisted that he, or she, is likely to stop at nothing.
The claustrophobic and distressing beginning of No Place To Die ensures the reader knows that are getting an involving read. Maggies ordeal is well documented and is something I found quite difficult to read.
DS Jane Bennett receives a phone call from her friend Sue. Sue’s husband Mark has ‘gone’ and there’s blood.Mark is an ex-cop and good friend of Janes boss DI MIke Lockyer.
The emotion you feel for Elizabeth is unreal. When she is told of Maggies death you just forget she is a character and her grief is all but real, told in a truly moving and credible description.
I love authors who write crime thrillers who have experience of the law and Clare Donoghue is no exception. The way she writes is perfectly accurate and the realism of the cases are exciting and sensational.
if you are turned on by the complexities of murder and the criminal mind then this is the book for you.
The tense and dramatic finale is one that is unexpected. This novel does not go where you think it will, making it one of the most arresting (excuse the pun) and captivating reads that I have encountered.