A seemingly straightforward domestic tragedy leads to something deeper and darker for DCI Vogel and his team in this gripping police procedural.
A man lies dead on the kitchen floor of his comfortable North Devon home, his body punctured by multiple stab wounds. Beside him sits his silent, traumatised wife.
DCI David Vogel reckons he’s seen it all before. A domestic tragedy: an abused wife snaps after years of suffering within a deeply tormented marriage. Then again, as a police officer of long experience, Vogel knows it’s dangerous to rely on assumptions. As his investigations lead him in all sorts of unexpected directions, uncovering a number of shocking secrets in the dead man’s past, Vogel comes to realize that nothing about this case is as straightforward as it seems.
What really happened inside No.11 St Anne’s Avenue? And if Thomas Quinn’s wife didn’t kill him, who did . . . and why? Vogel is about to embark on the most unusual case of his career.
Will appeal to fans of VAL MCDERMID, ANN CLEEVES, PETER ROBINSON and PETER JAMES.
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Thank you Netgalley and Canongate Books, Severn House for the eARC. This mystery deals with domestic violence and the terrible fear and pain the affected spouses live with. It's very sobering... DCI David Vogel and his team are called out to a house where a man lies dead, his silent wife, covered in blood, obviously in shock, sitting on the floor. Then we go to 1997, where a woman, just out of a three-week stay in hospital, is desperate to flee from her wealthy, charismatic husband. She has nowhere to go, cut off from any money sources, so she returns to their home, knowing he has returned to his native S. Africa. But she knows he'll be back for her... The two stories are both very compelling, but it's only towards about 3/4 in that you realize how they mesh. It's an excellent book, I loved it and thought it was really well done, plus the ending was superb. Highly recommended!
What's happened at 11 St Anne's Avenue that's what DCI David Vogel needs to find out. He arrives to find Thomas Quinn laying dead in the kitchen with multiple stab wounds his wife Gina is cowering in the corner covered in blood.After he finds out Gina'has suffered domestic abuse by her husband for many years it seems an easy case but he knows things are never as they seem. As he tries to solve the case it leads him in many directions. I'm a big lover of Hilary Bonner's books and this new book didn't dissapoint it was a great read and highly recommended. Thanks to Netgalley and Severn Books for the ARC.