Helen Brook, friend of DI Nikki Galena, is trapped in a basement after a horrific traffic pile-up leads to the collapse of several buildings. She survives but is convinced that there was a man in there with her, and that he confessed to a murder, thinking that she too would die. Her friends are unsure whether this is a hallucination or a traumatic flashback, but now she is sure she is being stalked.
Meanwhile Galena’s deputy and friend, DS Joseph Easter, is in contact with an informant about criminal gangs on a local estate. It seems trouble is brewing…
This is the fifth book in the DI Nikki Galena series but the first one I’ve read. It both worked as a standalone and got me interested in the backstories of the characters.
It has all the key ingredients of a good police procedural – a strong ensemble cast, a vivid sense of place, a good plot and complex, flawed characters with tangled histories and relationships.
I really enjoyed the story and it kept me guessing. While the main mystery was nicely resolved the gang subplot cleverly provides both an ending and a dramatic jumping-off point for the next book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.