By Kate Atkinson
Case one: a bit lady is going lacking within the evening.
Case two: a gorgeous younger workplace employee falls sufferer to a maniac's it sounds as if random assault.
Case three: a brand new mom reveals herself trapped in a hell of her personal making - with a truly needy child and a really challenging husband - until eventually a healthy of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.
Thirty years after the 1st incident, as deepest investigator Jackson Brodie starts investigating all 3 instances, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .
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