Reviewed by Victoria Sutton
D.I. Lorraine Fisher is visiting her hometown of Radcote for a short holiday with her daughter Stella. She is staying in the house she grew up in with her sister Jo and nephew Freddie. Lorraine is shocked to find that Jo has split up with her husband Malc and is seeing another man, although she has not been told who this is yet. When she meets Gil, he piques her interest in a spate of local teenage suicides from two years and she soon finds herself calling in the cavalry in the form of her husband Adam, also a DI, to look into things with her.
It turns out that Radcote is a town of many secrets. Still recovering from a rash of youth suicides, a new death brings all the old memories back to the surface. Sonia Hawkeswell is especially affected as she lost her son, Simon, when the first round of suicides happened. He seemed to have everything to live for and the shock of his suicide haunts his family. Her daughter, Lana, is looking forward to escaping the town to study medicine but she needs the right results first, and there is a secret troubling her, which she enlists Freddie’s help with.
Freddie, meanwhile, has a secret of his own. He has been increasingly withdrawn of late and his family wonders if it is down to the separation, but there are more things on Freddie’s mind than Malc moving out. Already troubled, when he witnesses something he shouldn’t he feels he has nowhere to turn and flees from everything he knows. Lorraine must get to the bottom of Radcote’s mystery and find her nephew before it is too late…