Length: 284 pages
What they say: ‘She reached into the pram and placed her hands on the cotton blanket. It was still warm. But her smiling, new baby sister, with her wide blue-grey eyes, was gone…’
Twenty five years later, three bodies are found at a ramshackle cottage in the Irish countryside, and Detective Iris Locke is sick to her stomach. The victims are Anna Crowe and her two young children.
Iris has only recently joined the Limerick Murder Squad. Against her father’s advice, she’s working the narrow lanes and green hills of her childhood. Iris still remembers Anna, who was just a small girl when her baby sister was snatched, never to be seen again. It was the one case Iris’ own father never solved, and Iris can’t help but wonder if the two crimes are connected.
She’ll stop at nothing to find Anna justice, but a fire has destroyed almost all the physical evidence, and Limerick is the same small town she remembers: everybody protects their neighbours, and Iris has been away for too long.
Can Iris unpick the lies beneath the surface of her pretty hometown, and catch the most twisted individual of her career, when reopening the old case means reopening old wounds for her team, the rest of the community, and her own father?
The Review: The second I saw that Geraldine Hogan was heading into crime territory I was so excited, knowing her writing, which was always so beautiful with lovely dark undertones coursing through it, was PERFECT for this genre. I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
This is the story of Iris Locke, who’s trying to earn her stripes in the police force. Iris is asked to join the Limerick Murder Squad, but doesn’t want to as her father was also in the squad. When she does, she is investigating the murder of a woman and her two children, the woman, Anna, who had a link to a baby that went missing years ago. I loved feeling my way around this one, trying to figure out how the heart breaking story of the missing child was interconnected. The story is gritty, fuelled by a host of characters, some unlikable and also by a chilling presence. I could tell this was the first in the series as there were a lot of characters for us to be introduced to, which was fair enough, and I absolutely fell into the descriptions as Locke and her alcohol fuelled partner proceeded through the investigation.
Very much enjoyed and I look forward to the next. This book was previously published as Silent Night but I’ll admit I like this title better!Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.