As the sun sets on St Agnes on bonfire night, a man’s charred body is found on Burnt Island, surrounded by threats in the old Cornish language.
Deputy Chief of Police Ben Kitto has no choice but to ban all travel between the islands, forcing the community of just eighty islanders to remain within reach, while he hunts for the killer. Ben quickly suspects the motive is to rid the island of newcomers who threaten tradition, and when a second fire results in the disappearance of another islander, he only has forty-eight hours before another life is lost . . .
Praise for Kate Rhodes:
'Kate Rhodes directs her cast of suspects with consummate skill, keeping us guessing right to the heartbreaking end. I'm a fan' Louise Candlish 'Evocative, immersive, twisty' Sarah Vaughan ‘A vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline’ Sophie Hannah, Daily Express ‘A pacy psychological thriller’ Laura Wilson, Guardian 'Kate writes so beautifully and with such an authentic sense of place. The whole book tingles with tension. I hope it does for the Scilly Isles what Ann Cleeves did for Shetland' Melanie McGrath ‘Both the plot and the writing keep one thoroughly engaged throughout’ Daily Mail ‘One of the most absorbing books I've read in a long time - perfectly thrilling’ Mel Sherratt ‘Gripping, clever and impossible to put down’ Erin Kelly ‘Rhodes does a superb job of balancing a portrayal of a tiny community oppressed by secrets with an uplifting evocation of setting’ Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express ‘Expertly weaves a sense of place and character into a tense and intriguing story’ Metro ‘An enjoyably scary chiller’ Sunday Mirror ‘The pace never slackens from the first page to the last’ Rachel Abbott, author of Only the Innocent ‘Fast paced and harrowing, this gripping novel will leave you guessing until the end’ Bella ‘Great twists, turns and surprises’ Sun
Kate Rhodes is an acclaimed crime novelist and an award-winning poet. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, the writer and film-maker, Dave Pescod. She visited the Scilly Isles every year as a child which gave her the idea for this new series. She is one of the founders of the Killer Women writing group.
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