by Susie Steiner
This is the third book in the Manon Bradshaw trilogy. I’m saddened by this fact because I’ve grown to love the characters that have been brought to life on the pages of these books.
Manon is trying to juggle her family life with her husband and two kids while working part-time on cold cases. While on a walk with her two year old son, Teddy, she comes across a young migrant found hanging from a tree. She quickly heads home to report it, knowing somehow that she’ll be the one to investigate the case. What she doesn’t know is that she’ll soon be dealing with the issues of illegal immigrants, racism, and xenophobia. As SIO on this case now, Manon has even less time to deal with issues at home until her husband, Mark becomes seriously ill.
At times dark and disturbing, this novel reflects what is happening in so many countries today, showing to what ends people will go to in order to try for a better life.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this book is that while Steiner was writing it, unbeknownst to her, a tumor was growing in her brain. How interesting that part of this story-line reflects what was happening to Steiner, personally.
A highly recommended series: 5 Bloody Daggers for each: Missing, Presumed; Persons Unknown; Remain Silent.