This book explores the investigation of the disappearance of a thirteen year old girl in the 1960s from a tiny village (hamlet?) in England. It’s kind of hard to describe without getting into spoilers. It’s probably safe to say that someone does go to trial despite the fact that they never find her body and the mystery isn’t completely solved until many years later. I had wondered about the twist at the end despite not having figured out how it could happen so I didn’t find it all that surprising, but I still found the book to be an enjoyable read. I liked it a lot better than the other book that I read by Val McDermid which also had a crime committed in the past but had a lot more rehashing of the events in the present day.
I read this for booklikes-opoly square New Orleans 21 “Read a book set on an island or that has the ocean on the cover!” since it has been decided to accept England as an island. At 404 pages and following the new shake-up rules, this earns more another $10 for my bank, bringing the total to $150.