The Dead Ground by Claire McGowan. Read April 2014.

“A stolen baby…A murdered woman…A decades-old atrocity…Something connects them all…”
The action in The Dead Ground begins about a month after the previous book The Lost left off. Although this is only the second in the Paula Maguire series, the recurring characters have already been well established by the author. I enjoyed learning more about the characters against the background of one of the most harrowing stories I have read. Indeed, the prologue of this book may well become notorious as one of the bleakest introductions ever written.
I did start to think there should be a warning printed on the cover, like the TV announcer gives before certain programmes: Contains scenes that some readers may find upsetting, along with a helpline number on the back.
Having said that, this is one of the most gripping books I have read in recent years and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a complex plot and realistic characters. I’m eagerly awaiting the third instalment in the series.
Thank you to Bookbridgr / Headline for the review copy.



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