Investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge is shocked and horrified when her close friend Liz Rayman is brutally murdered at her dental practice, where she offered free treatment to the down and outs and homeless of the Waterloo area. When Hannah tries to assist the local police in identifying the murderer she becomes increasingly frustrated by their obstructive attitude and when Liz’s mother asks Hannah to investigate the crime independently, she agrees to do so.
As Hannah’s enquiries proceed, Anne Coates leads the reader through an intricate and intriguing series of possibilities involving senior members of the local clergy and a charity, that Liz worked with, which offers aid to young women in Africa, who are at risk of being trafficked and subjected to unspeakable brutality.
Tension mounts as Hannah becomes ever more determined to unmask the killer and as the story moved towards its gripping conclusion I found it impossible to put this book down.
By Hugh Fraser