Nobody was supposed to get out alive.
On a Dublin city street, packed with afternoon shoppers, a young woman appears, naked, traumatised and bearing burn marks.
Tom Reynolds, now Chief Superintendent, is no longer head of the murder squad. But when it transpires the woman escaped from a house fire started deliberately and that there are more victims, Tom is sucked in. What begins as a straightforward case of arson, soon becomes something much more sinister.
The people in that house never wanted to be there in the first place. Now more of them are missing. Tom is faced with a ticking clock as he tries to locate the others and as he does, a terrifying spider’s web of domestic and international crime unfolds.
And not everybody will survive the fall-out.
I always really enjoy the Tom Reynolds series and this is no exception- I think the reason they appeal to me, as well as the fact that the characters are brilliantly portrayed, is that the mystery elements never fail to be highly intriguing, with strong psychological thriller tones mixed into the procedural.
After The Fire is twisty and compelling, our usual suspect investigators have a lot of work on their hands to get to the truth and as ever Jo Spain writes with that immersive, addictive style that keeps the reader glued to the pages throughout.
Very good indeed. I recommend the whole series.