The town of Lafferton has been ravaged by flash floods and a shallow grave has been uncovered, in this sixth entry in Susan Hill's superb police procedural series. Missing teenager Harriet Lowther was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her death 20 years before had led to her mother's suicide. Cold cases are always tough, and this one turns out to be the most grisly and complex Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler has yet confronted. The winner of the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham awards, and the author of the Victorian Gothic ghost tale The Woman in Black (the basis for the film of the same name, starring Daniel Radcliffe, as well as the long-running West End drama), Hill turned to crime fiction in 2004 with her Simon Serrailler series.
"Beautifully written.... Hill is giving us a timeless panorama of life and death in an English town, one in which a murder investigation is only one drama among many."—Washington Post