Tom and Helen, well what can I say, they aren’t exactly a cosy couple are they? I don’t think it is just the whole uncomfortable situation they find themselves in either. Her past certainly sits between them like a great big elephant in the room.
It was almost as if Billingham wanted to lay a stronger emphasis on the relationships between his characters, as opposed to placing all the cards on the crime element this time.
I have to say I did not understand why Helen insists on staying with a woman, who clearly harbours great resentment about their mutual past. It is uncomfortable, sometimes creepy and it seems really strange that two grown adults would subject themselves to that level of discomfort.
Personally I would have liked to have seen Helen’s sub-plot developed a lot more. The reader doesn’t understand the significance of her return to the friend and the town until the very end. It is such an explosive secret that it certainly deserved more attention.
In this 13th Thorne story the reader gets to see a deeper level when it comes to Helen and Tom, perhaps this actually gives a better insight into her thought processes and actions. Meanwhile Thorne is true to his stubborn detective style, he listens to his gut and not to the gossipy quick assumptions of the local population and police.
I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss, courtesy of the publisher.