""... an absolute joy to read." "
The third book in this series starring private eye Jackson Brodie opens with a brutal murder of a young mother and two of her children by a knife-wielding madman in the English countryside. Six year-old Joanna runs away and survives the massacre.
30 years later she is a GP in Edinburgh, living a seemingly perfect life with a beautiful home, husband and baby son. Such a busy life necessitates a nanny and 16 year-old Reggie, whose own mother recently died in a freak drowning accident, gets the job.
A perfect life rarely lasts forever and DCI Monroe comes visiting to tell Joanna that the man responsible for the murders has been released at the end of his jail sentence –and has since disappeared. When the doctor and her baby themselves go missing, it appears that Reggie is the only person worried about it.
Meanwhile, Jackson Brodie - who is in the middle of a paternity suit - boards the wrong train. A mistake that results in the theft of his identity and his near death.