WELCOME TO THE DARK HEART OF CORNWALL . . . 'One of the very best crime writers we have' Mark Billingham 'A chilling tale' Lee Child 'Great stuff' Mick Herron 'Full of menace and secrets' Tom Wood 'Martyn Waites is already crime fiction royalty . . . I bloody loved this book' Steve Cavanagh He was running from his past. She was running from her future. Sometimes helping a stranger is the last thing you should do . . . The Cornish village of St Petroc is the sort of place where people come to hide. Tom Killgannon is one such person. An ex-undercover cop, Tom is in the Witness Protection Programme hiding from some very violent people and St Petroc's offers him a chance to live a safe and quiet life. Until he meets Lila. Lila is a seventeen-year-old runaway. When she breaks into Tom's house she takes more than just his money. His wallet holds everything about his new identity. He also knows that Lila is in danger from the travellers' commune she's been living at. Something sinister has been going on there and Lila knows more than she realises. But to find her he risks not only giving away his location to the gangs he's in hiding from, but also becoming a target for whoever is hunting Lila.
This is undoubtedly one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far, if not already my favourite for fiction. I read this book from cover to cover the day that it arrived. I could not put it down, gripped right from the beginning, I had to find the answers to the mysteries of St Petroc and those living there; believe me, I was not disappointed.
The characters were well-developed, some I loved whilst others I loathed. The plot unfolded naturally and the way that all the different parts of the story pulled together kept me turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to friends and family, I will also be looking out for more books from the author because this was definitely worth reading.