Set in Cumbria, a beautiful landscape contrasts with ugly events. A cold case appears to be linked to modern day crimes. The reader quickly becomes embroiled in the underworld of trafficking, drugs, prostitution and murder. It is organised crime at the highest level and with far reaching arms. The plotline was intricate and well thought out but made for extremely uncomfortable reading at times.
For me, there was far too much detail in the ‘bedroom’ scenes which I skipped over. I do understand that it was there to add realism and some readers may want this, but I did not like it. Having said that, it did not spoil my enjoyment of the novel as it was an excellent serious crime story. I can imagine the story would translate well into a BBC drama.