This is a thriller that is so well-written you feel it must have been a real life experience and not fiction. The constant question to myself was "what would I do under these circumstances?". Highly recommended.
Minette Walters is one of my favorite authors and I am always excited to read one of her novels. Unfortunately, this one falls short in comparison to any of her previous books. There are parts which are brilliantly written and the tenseness and psychological elements she is known for are here - but too sparingly. It is almost like this was an earlier work, not that of the seasoned author I have come to enjoy. For the first time, I felt myself dragging my way through one of her books. Hopefully, this is just a fluke and her next novel will be up to the standard I have come to expect from her.
Another excellent story from one of the greatest mystery/crime writers in the world.
Extremely suspenseful. A very good read!
As in most Minette Walters books, the tension builds slowly but unrelentingly toward the climax. Whether Connie and Jess, the unlikely heroines, actually have committed murder is left up to the reader: did they or didn't they?
In 2002 five women are discovered barbarously murdered in Sierra Leone. Reuters Africa correspondent Connie Burns suspects a Britis mercenary: a man who seem sto turn up in every war-torn corner of Africa, whose reputation for violence and brutality is well-founded and widely known. Connie's suspicions that he's using the chaos of war to act out sadistic, misogynistic fantasies fall on deaf ears-but she's determined to expose him and his secret. The consequences are devestating.