Four decades after the disappearance of pretty, popular teen Annalise Wood on her way home from school galvanized the village of Lilling, England, and 16 years since the discovery of remains presumed to be hers, the never-solved case suddenly heats up in Winslow’s suspenseful fourth Keene and Frohmann novel (after 2015’s The Red House). Det. Chief Insp. Morris Keene, now assigned to the cold case squad, is eager to tackle the area’s marquee mystery, though he still suffers panic attacks after a violent confrontation with a suspect. Since Morris’s former partner, Det. Insp. Chloe Frohmann, is on maternity leave, her role is limited. Meanwhile, Cambridge University counseling service therapist Laurie Ambrose encounters two new patients, each claiming connections to Annalise. Within days one of them turns up dead. Winslow’s kaleidoscopic narrative technique, employing first-person accounts from multiple characters, makes for engaging reading—until a contrived conclusion. Agent: Cameron McClure, Donald Maass Literary. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/27/2017 Release date: 02/01/2018 Genre: Fiction
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