Meet Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend. She’s nice. Too nice to be a police officer, if she’s honest.
Yet, despite a perky personality that irritates the most professional of detectives, she is also one of the most respected criminal analysts in the country.
Now assigned to DI Donald Murphy’s team, she finds herself in the grip of a northern British winter, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women – both strikingly similar in appearance. When a third is taken, they have less than a week to chip away the secrets of a high-society family, and uncover the killer’s objective.
But Richard – the father of the latest victim – believes the police are not moving quickly enough, so launches a parallel investigation, utilising skills honed in a dark past that is about to catch up with him.
As Richard’s secret actions hinder the police, Alicia remains in contact with him, and even starts to fall for his charms, forcing her into choices that will impact the rest of her life.