Schoolteacher Terry is caught in a dilemma when his daughter, Grace, breaks into a house with her delinquent boyfriend. A gun is fired and the boyfriend disappears. So starts the beginning of Terry’s nightmare.
In this story, he tries to juggle what to do for the best to save his daughter from being implicated or from carrying guilt for the rest of her life because of one reckless, adolescent act. Terry dives in and tries to help Grace. This is how he unwittingly gets involved in the criminal activities of local crime gangster, Vince Fleming.
Grace’s mother, Cynthia, is a control freak – having being caught up in close-to-death encounters in a previous book which resulted in the loss of her own parents. This backstory is briefly introduced but it doesn’t get in the way. The backstory explains the dynamics between Terry, Cynthia and Grace. Cynthia is taking a break away from her family in a nearby rented flat and her new neighbours are going to become part of Terry’s problems.
Cynthia has an interesting relationship with criminal Vince Fleming. He is an ex-boyfriend and he helped Cynthia in the past. One of Vince’s criminal operations is responsible for the situation Grace finds herself in with her missing (perhaps dead?) boyfriend.
All of the characters are well written. One of my preferred was Vince. He’s got cancer and he’s failing in health. Circumstances conspire against him, his gang friends are deserting him, but he joins with Terry in trying to sort out the mess.
This was a great story. The characters were believable and the crime elements very well handled. Whilst I am not against gore, I want to mention there was no gore or thriller element. A very enjoyable suspense mystery.
5 stars from me.
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