The Dead Ground – Claire McGowan (Paula Maguire 2)


The Dead Ground was published by Headline on 10 April 2014 and is available to purchase here

Stolen. Missing. Dead…

Forensic psychologist Paul Maguire is up against the clock to stop a merciless killer in THE DEAD GROUNDthe second novel in the highly acclaimed Paula Maguire series and the gripping follow up to The Lost. Claire McGowan’s thrillers are sure to enthral readers of Michael Connelly and Karin Slaughter

‘Fresh and accessible without ever compromising on grit or suspense’ – Erin Kelly

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, already wrestling with the hardest decision of her life, is forced to put her own problems on hold when she’s asked to help find a baby taken from a local hospital.

Then the brutal, ritualistic murder of a woman found lying on a remote stone circle indicates a connection to the kidnapping and Paula knows that they will have to move fast if they are to find the person responsible.

When another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula finds herself caught up in a deadly hunt for a killer determined to leave no trace, and discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death…

Book two in the new crime series featuring forensic psycologist Paula Maguire working in the missing persons unit in Northern Ireland, in a nail biting story that will keep you up all night

My thoughts

After finishing The Lost, I was desperate to see what happens next to Paula McGuire and to read more Claire McGowan. Once again, this book is set in Northern Ireland. It follows a complicated story about missing and stolen babies in the locality. Paula offers her insight, as they track down a baby taken from a maternity unit.

A few weeks have past since The Lost and Paula has a challenging decision of her own to make. This makes Paula very endearing to the reader. She could be any of us, making a decision about her personal future. Once again, we see her torn between two men, her ex from years ago and her married boss. Personally I would go for the boss.

I found this a very powerful read, that touched nicely on women’s rights and pro choice in an Irish context. I wouldn’t have anticipated a book with a focus on babies and pregnancies would interest me that much. Normally it doesn’t. However it was cleverly done and I felt a great deal of empathy for all concerned.

This was an excellent read. Highly recommended. I hope we get more Paula McGuire stories, in the future.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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