Paula McGuire is a forensic psychologist, working with law enforcement, and asked to return to her hometown to assist with the puzzle of why teenage girls seem to go missing in that area.
Paula is greeted by her past, her father, and her old boyfriend, now owner of the local newspaper. Her work colleagues view her with suspicion, as she sees the patterns that most don't. And when there is a church and very wealthy people involved, they don't want to know.
The disappearances are classified as runaways .... but the truth is much more different. And what about all those 'runaways' from 20 years before? And those they find dead .. are they really and truly suicides?
I have a love of Brit Crime books .. and this is one of the better ones. Paula is a multi-faceted character with lots and lots of layers. She has her own secrets, and as the series progresses, those secrets will be revealed.
I gave it 5 stars .. the book definitely held my interest throughout. The mystery portion is well thought out and although I had a hint about halfway through the book, I would not have placed a bet on it.
This series takes place in Northern Ireland. Lots of history of the political issues of the North and South of Ireland in the 80's. Characters are well-drawn and the story of the missing girls is well-plotted with lots of twists that kept things interesting.