Melanie Hunter had a fine career as a palaeontologist. She was polite, friendly and well liked. So when she goes missing, it is completely out of character.
The men in her life come under suspicion: her boyfriend, her step-father, her neighbour with the shady past. And there is plenty to suspect: lies, half-truths, deceptions ... It seems that when you pull one thread, the whole fabric of family life can come apart.
Melanie had tried to be good, to make something of … mehrherself, and had succeeded pretty much. But something was wrong somewhere. Melanie had a secret, a pain she tried to hide from the world. Was it the secret that killed her? She was ever the sympathetic listener - but who was listening to her?
As Bill Slider is drawn into her shadowy world, he must find the answer to two questions: who loved Melanie? And who loved her too much?
“If you are unlucky enough to be murdered, pray that DI Slider is handed your case." weniger