"'...an astonishingly assured debut novel.'"
In 1978 two girls were abducted: one managed to escape but one simply disappeared. Thirty years later the mother of the missing girl is found dead in a hotel room, apparently a suicide. The surviving girl, Rachel Jones, has lived with the mystery most of her life, but the death of her friend's mother stirs her to find the truth and lay to rest her ghosts and feelings of guilt.
The death of Yvonne Jenkins also provokes the police to pay more attention to the investigation into the disappearance of Sophie Jenkins, an investigation never closed but hardly active. Rivalry between Detective Constable Connie Childs and Detective Sergeant Damien Palmer for success and the approval of Detective Inspector Francis Sadler adds impetus to the investigation.
The winter chill of Derbyshire echoes the frozen life of Yvonne Jenkins after the disappearance of her eight year old daughter. Rachel Jones's life has also been on hold for many years.