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Publisher's Summary

From the beloved and internationally best-selling author of Sweet Little Lies comes the second novel featuring DC Cat Kinsella - an investigator “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives” (Kirkus Reviews).

After a brief stint in the mayor’s office, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner, Luigi Parnell, and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele. 

But for Cat and Parnell, it’s serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he’s innocent, that he was home with his wife, Rachel, at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone. 

While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens’ marriage. Cat knows one of them is lying - but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her own past mistakes buried. 

With her trademark wit and brilliant plotting, Caz Frear ratchets up the tension and keeps you guessing as she explores the secrets we keep from our loved ones - and the ones we’d kill to keep safe in the dark.

©2019 Caz Frear (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Great narration, good story

First off, Jane Collingwood is one of my favorite narrators. Terrific grasp of accents, and she does male voices better than just about any other female narrator, with the possible exception of January LaVoy.

I liked this one almost as much as "Sweet Little Lies," the first one in the series. The story was gripping and well thought out. My only little issue is that I thought the parts about our heroine's dysfunctional family life were kind of awkward. In "Sweet Little Lies," that's actually what the plot was all about; here, it seemed like kind of an afterthought. I gather that the author is setting up a sequel that's heavily involved with the family stuff, so fine, that's why she needed the references in this one, but I thought it was a little bit of a distraction. It's a small thing, though. Overall, I loved the book and I'd recommend it.

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Loved it! What an honest voice with such clarity and the right bit of snark.

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A twisting adventure

Again Caz impress with excellent quality and character building and a story well done executed. Some scenes may have a bit of characters (as can make it hard to fallow the flow of who is talking). But an absolute worth listen to(or read)

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Can’t wait to read/hear more

I am so glad I discovered this author as the genre is not one I typically read.
Characters are interesting as is the interwoven story. Will be waiting for more from this author!

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Excellent series

The narration couldn’t be better. This has been such a great find. After catching up on the Peter Grainger series I was looking for something really good.

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Disappointing

This book was not nearly as compelling as the first one. I found it to be a little disjointed and difficult to follow, and the psychological intensity of the first book was missing.

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Love the Narrator

The stories in this series are quick and not predictable. There are just enough tie-ins between the books to make it fun, but not annoying (you aren’t expected to have memorized the earlier stories). My husband overheard me listening to this book and commented that the narrator has a very nice voice and accent - I completely agree.

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Good Story - like the characters

Fun to read about police detective in UK and how they operate. Good characters and stories.

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Fantastic

Great story. Better than the first. Although, the romance aspect didn't play a large part I found it to be boring, like the author was trying to add more texture to Cat's personal life.