Vivien Morse, a young social worker is discovered battered to death in Silver Lady Woods. Everyone assumes she was attacked by her estranged husband until her supervisor disappears. The connection appears to be Vivien’s last client. A damaged and disturbed girl who believes a bundle of rags is her lost baby and never leaves the family farm while she awaits the return of her lover
The matter is confused by the arrival of a stranger to the area clearly searching for something or someone and an escaped convict with connections to the area.
DCI Hatherall has to separate fact from fantasy to discover who did kill Vivien Morse.
A woman is found murdered in the woods and it is down to DCI Peter Hatherall and DI Fiona Williams to solve the case. The lady, Vivien Morse is a respected social worker and the crime duo seem to hit a brick wall when Vivien doesn’t appear to have enemies and people with close connections to her, all seem to have tight alibis.
We are introduced to Vivien’s client who was the last person to see her alive. She is a physically and mentally damaged girl who sadly carries an imaginary baby who she refers to as ‘my Future’. Will this vulnerable and deeply disturbed girl lead the police to Vivien’s killer?.
Other interesting characters are Druid Dick, his female dog called Colin, and extrovert girlfriend Gladys. They add quirkiness to the story, subtle humour and an air of mystery.
The plot develops quickly and becomes a fast-paced, gripping crime thriller with a satisfying ending.The author has a fantastic eye for detail and the story unfolds clearly and precisely. The plot is believable and tightly written with fascinating characters woven into an intricate story.
This is the first book I have read by Diana J. Febry and I was impressed enough to want to read the others and can highly recommend this one. I tried to work out ‘Who killed Vivien Morse’ but the twists and red herrings left me guessing right up to the end.
I was sent a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.