Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses’ heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After forensic veterinarian Cooper Allen travels to the scene, the investigators soon uncover evidence of a chain of crimes in the community – disappearances, arson and mutilations – all culminating in the reveal of something deadly lurking in the ground itself.
In the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightening and insidious mysteries – no matter the cost.
Upon hearing that this was a debut novel, I couldn’t wait to get started. I found it deeply creepy, eerie and gruesome in every way shape and form. The local police officer finds sixteen horses heads buried on a farm with their eyes pointing to the sun, the forensic veterinarian who investigates the crime scene soon uncovers more than she bargained for. Some things are just not quite right and it is for the police and the forensic veterinarian to discover what. I had never heard of a forensic vet before so it was interesting to learn about the job, the way the story goes is pure evil but it works, I would love to see this made for TV, I think it would do really well as a series. I haven’t read anything like this before and I don’t think I ever will.
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