Podcaster Cody Swift, the protagonist of this exceptional psychological thriller from Edgar-finalist Macmillan (What She Knew), was best friends with two boys—11-year-old Scott Ashby and 10-year-old Charlie Paige—who were beaten to death in Bristol, England, in 1996. In February 2017, Sidney Noyce, a mentally challenged adult who was convicted of the killings, commits suicide in prison. Two months later, Cody returns to Bristol to reexamine the murders in a series of podcasts that raise doubts about Sidney’s guilt. The people he angers include Jess Paige, Charlie’s mother, who turns to wealthy Felix Abernathy to control Cody’s probing; Det. Supt. Howard Smail, whose career was ended by the case; and Det. Insp. John Fletcher, who built the case against Sidney. The podcasts draw increasing threats as Cody’s interviews reveal more and more new details. Macmillan skillfully marries this information with revealing scenes from the original investigation. A brilliantly clever ending caps this riveting thriller. Macmillan remains a writer to watch. Agent: Nelle Andrew, Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (U.K.). (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/30/2018 Release date: 09/18/2018 Genre: Fiction
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