Published on 15 September 2011 by Sphere
Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone that shouldn’t be there.
As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones – with a terrified, feral child lurking within. Unbeknownst to DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for thirty years. A killer who wants that boy back.
But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets – secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst. With the death toll rising and the city reeling in terror, Brennan and Marina race to expose a predator more soullessly evil than any they’ve ever faced – one who is hiding in plain sight.
This is the third in the Brennan/Esposito series, that I am whizzing through at the moment. The series is evolving nicely and we are getting to know the histories of the main characters.
The story actually worked for me, despite elements of it being far fetched. That is crime for you though. Sometimes it helps to just go with the flow and just enjoy the complete freakishness of it. A feral boy is discovered in a derelict house, in a cage of bones. Brennan and his team start to investigate the strange environment that held the boy. This leads to the past rearing its ugly head for Brennan. There is a secret society at work. They want the boy back and will do anything to achieve that aim.
I approve of the whole secret society element of the book, associated with ‘The Garden’. I had actually worked out who was one of the key members, from his odd behaviour. That did not stop my enjoyment or appreciation of an exciting element.
And I liked the way we found out more about Phil Brennan and his early childhood. I thought it was clever the way Phil became unsettled and distant, as latent memories started to haunt him. I love a slightly disturbed Phil.
A massively enjoyable grisly read, with Phil’s past being the highlight.