A very well plotted, complex and darkly atmospheric mystery.
A Cry in the Night
When night falls, fear spreads . . .
The Lake District: a wild landscape, rife with stories. Detectives Zoe Barnes and Sam Taylor are called to investigate the disappearance of two children.
But they quickly realise they have been drawn into a complex and unnerving case that hides a much darker intent: as they dig deeper, whispers grow of a community hiding a deadly secret – and talk of witches, the like of which hasn’t been heard since the seventeenth century, is spreading.
Zoe and Sam will have to work fast to save lives; but in this atmosphere of fear and mistrust, can they even rely on each other?
This well written narrative explores the sinister side-effects that occur in a family and a community when a couple of young children go missing. Paranoia, irrational ideas and mob violence ripple across what on the surface appears as a peaceful and quiet village. The tension is palpable; old hurts, prejudices, grief, blame, deceit and exclusive behaviours combine to create a gripping cloak of fear and distrust amongst all involved in this mystery. The web of distrust spreads trapping those who are commissioned to solve this case.
The characters are well developed, flawed and believable. This is such a complex story, missing children tug at the hearts of all and there is a suspicion that there is a link to previous incidents involving the death of other children; suddenly a conspiracy blossoms and smothers rationality. Hurt is everywhere. Blame rises to the surface. Many emotions are put under the spotlight; grief can be blinding, dis-empowering, small incidents become mountains that cannot be crossed. This is a rich and powerful narrative about the fragility of being human.
This is also an interesting study in systemic/institutionalised sexism and bullying – in this instance in the police force; this layer of the narrative was particularly interesting yet at the same time unpalatable. It had a realness that saddened me; I was not surprised by the attitudes, just saddened.
Yet above all this is a fantastic mystery and psychological thriller. You will be enthralled with the developing story, the mystery, and the suspicions, the veil of fear and the links to a sinister past. You will not want to put this book down till you have turned the last page. This is a powerful read on so many levels; take from it what you want to find.