When two teenage girls go missing along the Irish border, forensic psychologist Paula Maguire has to return to the hometown she left years before. Swirling with rumour and secrets, the town is gripped by fear of a serial killer. But the truth could be even darker.Not everyone who’s lost wants to be found
Surrounded by people and places she tried to forget, Paula digs into the cases as the truth twists further away. What’s the link with two other disappearances from 1985? And why does everything lead back to the town’s dark past- including the reasons her own mother went missing years before?
Nothing is what it seems
As the shocking truth is revealed, Paula learns that sometimes, it’s better not to find what you’ve lost.
Claire McGowan is a new author to me. And I’m totally impressed!!!
This book is set in Northern Ireland and features Paula McGuire, a psychologist working with the police. McGuire is seconded from London to work in the Missing Person’s Unit in her home town, looking into missing teenagers. She is reluctant to go back and face her past in Ballyterrin. As a reader, you warm to her very quickly. I certainly did. She has a complicated love life, with a boss and an ex boyfriend on the scene. But she cares and wants to know the truth.
What I loved was the weaving of the political with Irish social history. I only know about the ‘Irish Troubles’ in a very limited way. McGowan made me understand the human side and how it impacted on people growing up in Northern Ireland. The social history side related to the treatment of young pregnant girls in a fairly strict religious society. Very fascinating and dark. It is hard to believe to that one part of the United Kingdom can be so very different from the rest.
I really loved this read. It worked for me on so many levels. It was intelligent and it made me reflect. I thought Paula was brilliant. It is a strong crime read that is a dream to read. I found it quite uplifting. I moved straight onto the next book featuring Paula to find out what happens next.