Barely a week has passed since the ending of Ritual, but for DI
Jack Caffery and Sargeant Flea Marley life has not got any easier.
The decayed body of a young woman has been found in the woods. All
indications are that it's a suicide - but Caffery is not convinced.
He is, however, supposed to be directing the high profile
police-search for Misty Kitson, a B-list celebrity who has gone
missing from a local health clinic. Plus he's becoming obsessed
with Flea. In short, he is exhausted, over-worked and increasingly
distracted. Flea is also distracted - but not by Jack. Something
has jammed the lock of her car-boot. She can't open it - yet knows
that what she will find inside will be very bad indeed. To make
matters worse, someone is out there. Someone who can slip behind
trees, under water or into people's houses where he watches from
the shadows, unseen...