This was a rather quirky who-dunnit, since there is never any doubt about "who" or even "why" but a question of whether anyone can stop the killer. It presents an opportunity for the reader to ponder the question of evil incarnate -- that there might really be someone out there for whom killing is just another way to resolve life's little obstacles. I found myself caught up in "OMG -- what's next???" and "how will the killer be stopped???" Very interesting read.
Zanny Moncrief is 6 years old.... She's blond, beautiful and she kills people. Her first victim is little Willie, drowned in a goldfish pond. Evans the Breadman is next. Frantically her parents dispatch her to the local convent for the good of her soul. Once there, Zanny isn't tempted to kill anyone. Until, that is, unrequited love for the gardener, Murphy, rekindles all her old murderous inclinations
Award-winning crime novelist Gill tops Death Drop and The Twelfth Juror with her latest thriller. The reader is transfixed by Susannah "Zanny" Moncrief, age six when she drowns little Willie, who with his sister Dolly was evacuated during World War II from heavily shelled Birmingham and found sanctuary with the Moncriefs in Wales. The lovely, seraphic killer escapes suspicion by the police; but her parents and Dolly know, without saying so, what happened. Older and tougher than her brother, Dolly has been absorbing facts about the "posh" life during their stay with the wealthy family. She survives Zanny's second lethal attempt and, benefiting from the Moncriefs' fear- and guilt-ridden largesse, lands in an exclusive boarding school with Zanny, of whom she remains wary. All is well until Zanny, 15, falls for the school's gardener, Murphy, and sends his lover, Bridget, over a cliff to her death. For this crime, Murphy is doomed to hang, and here the author reveals the greatest ingenuity. There is no hint at the stunner ending of this wickedly witty, stylish story.