DI Kim Stone and her team race to Heathcrest Academy, an elite boarding school, thinking they will be intervening in a student’s suicide attempt. When they arrive, they discover she’s already jumped from the building rooftop. As Kim examines the scene more closely, she suspects that 13-year old Sadie Winter’s death may not be what it first appears, even more so when a second student is killed.
This was one of the more perplexing cases to date because we are given the “what”and some parts of the “why,” but the underlying reasons for Sadie’s murder were elusive and the identity of the killer was equally challenging. They quickly discover that the school has a secret society comprised of four groups, two for each gender, and their power runs deep and strong. The idea that there might be children killing other children was difficult to imagine but it was always in the background as so many presented themselves as potential suspects, which was distressing in itself.
The case was compelling enough but the dramatic conclusion shocked me to my core. I never saw it coming and I’m still reeling from the aftermath. I’ve said it before but I’ll keep repeating that this series continues to best itself with each new book. Yes, the cases are complex and interesting but the true brilliance is in the character development, both with the recurring ones and those secondary who resurrect themselves from time to time. I’ve come to care strongly for these men and women and feel like I have a stake in their continued progress. What happens to them matter to me and it can sometimes be an emotionally wrecking experience as it is here. Thank goodness I’m listening to the stories because the narrator does a fantastic job in controlling these emotions as her storytelling skills are outstanding.
- Release Date: May 11, 2018
- Series: DI Kim Stone #8
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 11 minutes
- Publisher: Bookouture