The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn't looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side.
The relief wouldn't last long.
When he gets to Marla's house he's disturbed to find a smear of blood on the front door. He's even more disturbed to find Marla nursing a baby, a baby she claims was delivered to her 'by an angel.' And when, soon after, a woman's body is discovered across town, stabbed to death, with her own baby missing, it looks as if Marla has done something truly terrible.
But while the evidence seems overwhelming, David just can't believe that his cousin is a murderer. In which case, who did kill Rosemary Gaynor? And why did they then take her baby and give it to Marla? With the police convinced they have an open and shut case, it's up to David to find out what really happened, but he soon discovers that the truth could be even more disturbing...
About the author
I’ve been a huge fan of Linwood Barclay for a long time so eagerly awaited this new series set in Promise Falls. As you might expect, this is a story of lies, murder and corruption in a small town that has seen better days. The characterisation is superb and there is never a dull moment in the story. I did partly guess what happened to Marla before we were told but that’s just because I have a twisted mind and could see where this was going! This book neatly resolves one mystery whilst setting the scene for another one. Don’t want to say any more and spoil it but suffice to say, I’m looking forward to the second part and to finding out the mystery of 23. You won't be disappointed!