A harmless middle-aged recluse, shot to death in her Peak District home. A young mother and two children, their lives snuffed out in a raging house fire. Two murders—one inexplicable, the other unspeakable. As detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper investigate, a horrific possibility begins to take shape: What if the two cases are connected?
For answers, they must travel far beyond Derbyshire, to the other side of Europe and back.Cooper and Fry are about to step into dangerous and unfamiliar territory, where the criminals they seek wield their influence from far away. Death can be everywhere, even lurking among the crowds in the tourist village of Matlock Bath. Soon they might discover one of the reasons people can be scared to live.