The park - a place where children play, friends sit and gossip, people walk their dogs or take a short cut to avoid the streets. In the shadows a predator watches - and waits - and chooses a first victim. But someone has seen the killer and comes forward as a witness - someone whom the killer must stop at all costs.
D.I. Geraldine Steel has just been dumped by her boyfriend and feeling miserable, she changes home and goes to live in another town, to start a new life. In the process she is assigned to another police station where she meets D.S. Ian Peterson, her new colleague.
The small town of Woolsmarsh is relatively quiet and Geraldine wasn't surely expecting to be immediately involved in the investigation of a murder case of unimaginable horror. A strangler is on the loose. A young woman is found murdered in the local park.
When another victim is found, the whole town is terrorised and everyone is afraid to wander out after dark. Under the strict supervision of DCI Kathryn Gordon, Geraldine and her team are under great pressure to apprehend the strangler as soon as possible before he claims even more victims. Pressure is also imposed by the town's women who are furious at the police's inability to catch the killer.
A witness comes forward but with just a vague description of the killer, the investigation is very slow going. Desperate for a lead, Geraldine focuses all her attention on the case without realising that she herself is the target of somebody else's vengeful mind.
I found the story a bit slow going and some characters lack depth, however for a debut novel it is extremely good. It contains some very suspenseful, Hitchcock style chapters, especially towards the end. I liked the author's use of very short sentences and her ability of bringing together characters who at the beginning seem to have no connection with each other. I enjoyed reading this book and will surely read the rest of the series.