In the tenth instalment in Cleeves’s irresistible Northumberland police procedural series, Vera Stanhope is called to investigate the murder of a man fired for misconduct allegations during a reunion of some of his oldest friends.
Vera Stanhope, star of ITV’s Vera, returns in the tenth novel in number one bestseller Ann Cleeves’ acclaimed series.
Fifty years ago, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island, forging a bond that has lasted a lifetime. Now, they still return every five years to celebrate their friendship, and remember the friend they lost to the rising waters of the causeway at the first reunion.
Now, when one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now…
But with the tide rising, secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface, and Vera and the team may find themselves in more danger than they could have believed possible…
‘A thoroughly engrossing thriller’ – Mail on Sunday
‘Cleeves’s Northumberland novels are strong on atmosphere, combining old-fashioned detective work with a modern take on class’ – Sunday Times
‘Who doesn’t love ‘large and shabby’ Vera Stanhope, the blunt detective in Ann Cleeves’s Northumberland police procedurals? She is already one of the genre immortals.’ – New York Times