4 Stars from me
I loved this introduction to DI Isabel Blood and her team. Like a lot of well known fictional detectives, she has a lot of baggage that haunts her and forms part of the reason she joined the police.
The story is structured in a way that made me begin to doubt virtually every character – including the hapless two who were doing up number 23… They were interesting.
Isabel’s relationship with her mother was flawed and hampered her understanding of the past, I liked this element, it was such a human touch so mundane and yet so true. All those unspoken words and all those subtle ways that just exist within families – when simply talking openly could solve so much.
Overall, a nice detective story set at a good pace – surely any fan of these style of books would love it.
Blurb: No secret can stay buried forever…
As the Whitworth family begin renovations on their new home, their plans are brought to an abrupt end when they discover a body buried in the back garden.
DI Isabel Blood and her team are called to investigate, but as she approaches Ecclesdale Drive, a feeling of unease settles in her gut.
The property cordoned off is number 23. The house she used to live in as a child…
The forensic team estimate that the body has been in the ground for up to forty years – coinciding with the time Isabel’s family lived in the house.
Isabel’s father vanished without a trace when she was fourteen years old. And with her mother remaining tight-lipped about her father’s disappearance, Isabel can’t escape the unnerving sense of dread that it’s his body, buried in the garden.