Synopsis: The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.
One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.
The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.
On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…
Kat’s Rating: 4/5
My Review: I have been on a bit of a session with these Lottie Parker books and in a way I am glad as I have felt like I really got to know the characters, mainly Lottie, her colleague Boyd along with her family which is the three kids, one grandchild and her Mother. We also see her colleague Maria Lynch having a troubling time. In addition to her personal story she and her team have a strange case on their hands. A young woman turns up at the station claiming “I killed him” and she is covered in blood. That woman gets taken to the hospital and then promptly dissapears.
Then Lottie’s son Sean is dragged into the story following the discovery of a young boy’s body who also played in the same team as Sean. The threads of the story were interesting and kept me wondering how they were all linked, however I wasn’t quite prepared for the element of the story that features Lottie’s colleague Kirby. I got through this book pretty quickly and once again wondered how I had managed to get through another book…blink and I missed it. Thankfully book 6 awaits so I will pick up where we left off in a week or so. This is fast becoming a series I am thoroughly loving and would definitely recommend.