This is the fifth thriller by author Sophie Hannah.
Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines are three women (among many others) who have all been charged with the murder of their children and while Helen and Rachel were convicted, they were later acquitted following revelations that the doctor, Judith Duffy, who testified against them in court was negligent and is being investigated for misconduct. The claims made were that the children weren’t murdered — it was cot death instead. In other words, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — where an infant dies due to no known medical reason.
Fliss Benson is a TV producer who is given the job of producing a documentary on the stories of these women once her boss and a man who has been fighting for these women’s justice Laurie Nattrass suddenly resigns. The very same day she is told about the job, Fliss receives a card from an anonymous sender with four rows of four numbers…numbers which do not make any sense to Fliss.
Things take a turn for the worse when Helen Yardley is shot dead. And with her body is a card with four rows of four numbers. Exactly like the one Fliss received.
Who killed Helen Yardley?
What will the investigation of her murder reveal about her history — did she or didn’t she kill her children?
Why did Ray Hines accept to be part of the documentary only after Helen’s death and Sarah’s withdrawal?
Is Fliss Benson going to be the next to be killed?
Why does Fliss not want to produce the documentary in the first place?
And why is Laurie Nattrass so elusive?
To know this and so much more, you have to read the book.
Once again, it’s an intriguing thriller by Sophie Hannah which keeps you guessing. However, unlike her previous work, this book to me wasn’t as gripping. It wasn’t one where I stayed awake reading late into the night to find out whodunit. And in some areas it seemed to be a bit disconnected. Having said that, if you are looking for decent thrills, go ahead and read this.
Until next time,
***This has been cross-posted at Bond with Books***