Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit.
The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead – stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawn’s accusations more seriously? Did the murderer even know that Holly was helpless upstairs while her mother bled to death?
Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, determined to prove she’s up to the frontline, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?
I've just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW!!! This book is just amazing!! 'After You Die' is the third in the DI Zigic and DS Ferreira series by Eva Dolan, however it can be very well read as a stand alone. The fact that I haven't yet read the first two books didn't prevent me from enjoying it to the full.
After a gas explosion rips off a house in a quiet village, emergency crews rush to rescue the next door neighbours, but the horror they find inside is far beyond what they were expecting ... and it has nothing to do with the explosion.
Dawn Prentice has been viciously murdered and is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Her severely disabled daughter, Holly, is later found dead too, in her bedroom. Who hated this family so much to have killed Dawn in cold blood and left the helpless Holly to die slowly alone in her room? And why? Could this be the deed of the same mysterious person who had been harassing them?
DI Zigic and DS Ferreira from Hate Crimes are soon alerted to the case. Ferreira knew who Dawn and Holly were as she had investigated Dawn's harassment claims a few months before. She and Zigic start to reconstruct Dawn's and Holly's lives and soon their invesigation indicates that the harassment this family endured went much deeper than what they had thought and the number of possible suspects was by far larger then what they had been expecting.
The fact that one of the victims was a helpless, disabled girl gave the story an original, unusual touch and I found myself engaged in the story much more passionately than with other books. I felt as though I wanted to do something myself to have this heartless murderer caught and thrown in prison.
How on earth didn't I discover this author before?? Ms. Dolan's writing is just impeccable and a joy to read. She has created a brilliant recipe with her two main characters. They are very likeable, realistic and interesting, and they form a great team.
With believable characters and dialogue, many possible suspects, and suspense and intrigue throughout, this book kept me guessing till the end. I was hooked from start to finish and found myself all the while asking myself: could it be him? Or him? Nah it has to be him!! When the truth was finally revealed at the end, I was simply stunned.
I highly recommend this book. It was the first Eva Dolan book that I've ever read but it certainly won't be my last. Now I will definitely go and read the first two books in the series.
With thanks to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and Netgalley for approving my request to read and review this book.
Eva Dolan is an Essex-based copywriter and intermittently successful poker player. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was just a teenager, her début novel Long Way Home, the start of a major new crime series starring two detectives from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit, was published in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim.