"This is thriller writing at its best."
DS Ruth Lake stands over DCI Greg Carver with a gun. Did she shoot her boss? And if not, why is she removing evidence from his apartment?
Lake and Carver are on the hunt for a serial killer who carefully poses his victims and covers every inch of their bodies in intricate, cryptic tattoos. Dubbed the ‘Thorn Killer’ by the media, he uses a primitive and excruciatingly painful method to make these marks. Then it gets personal: the killer stages his latest victim to look like Carver’s wife.
Lake is convinced that Carver knows more than he admits. But how can she hope to unravel the half-truths, hidden meanings, secrets and lies at the centre of this investigation when she herself has lied and lied?
Intrigued, the Thorn Killer watches their every move - all the while plotting the next. Can Carver and Lake pull together to catch him before he strikes again? Or will they be held captive by their own web of lies?