Publication date: 7th August 2014
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
In a quiet suburb, a woman desperately clings to her sanity as a shadowy presence moves objects around her home.
In a hotel room across the city, an art dealer with a dubious sexual past is found butchered, his body arranged to mimic the Hangman card from the Tarot deck.
But what connects them?
When criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is brought in to help investigate the murder, she finds herself plunged into a web of sexual power and evil which spreads from Dublin to Paris, and then to Rome.
Will Kate discover the identity of the killer before it's too late to protect the innocent? But what separates the innocent from the guilty when the sins of the past can never be forgotten?
This compelling psychological thriller grabbed my attention from the outset, dragging me along on a rollercoaster ride of intrigue through Europe and Ireland. Well written, with interesting and endearing characters, I found this book unputdownable. It is dark and gritty, terrifying yet sad. I was drawn into the killer's world and experienced so many emotional highs and lows, before being flung out at the end like a soggy tissue!
The relationship between Pearson and O'Connor is on a par with Val McDermid's brilliant pairing of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, and I can easily imagine this book transferring onto the screen in a similar way.
*I received a free review copy of this novel*