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Library Journal Review
Annalise Wood disappeared on her way home from school in 1976. Her tiny town of Lilling, England, was shocked, and her story became a local legend. Her body was later found, but the killer remains at large. Parents are still wary of letting kids travel to and from school alone. When DNA linked to Annalise turns up in a present-day investigation, suspects and shirttail relatives come out of the woodwork, and the cold case cops, detectives Morris Keane and Chloe Frohmann, have their hands full. Is the body they found really Annalise? Whose semen is on her skirt? Is her death somehow linked to the recent drowning of another local girl? Cracking the case could seriously enhance the careers of the town's tiny police force, but the convoluted evidence and eccentricities of the potential suspects don't make it easy. What seems at the outset to be a textbook psychological thriller is anything but. The twists and turns make Winslow's fourth Keane and Frohmann's mystery (after The Red House) a compelling read. Verdict Former games creator Winslow has turned her talents to a very entertaining and readable thriller that can hold its own with the best of the current crop. A good choice for mystery book groups.-Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Four decades after the disappearance of pretty, popular teen Annalise Wood on her way home from school galvanized the village of Lilling, England, and 16 years since the discovery of remains presumed to be hers, the never-solved case suddenly heats up in Winslow's suspenseful fourth Keene and Frohmann novel (after 2015's The Red House). Det. Chief Insp. Morris Keene, now assigned to the cold case squad, is eager to tackle the area's marquee mystery, though he still suffers panic attacks after a violent confrontation with a suspect. Since Morris's former partner, Det. Insp. Chloe Frohmann, is on maternity leave, her role is limited. Meanwhile, Cambridge University counseling service therapist Laurie Ambrose encounters two new patients, each claiming connections to Annalise. Within days one of them turns up dead. Winslow's kaleidoscopic narrative technique, employing first-person accounts from multiple characters, makes for engaging reading-until a contrived conclusion. Agent: Cameron McClure, Donald Maass Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A still-remembered cold case spawns obsessions and spurs activity when new DNA results turn up. In 1976, teenager Annalise Wood disappeared from her English village; in 1992, a body clothed in her school uniform was found, and semen stains on the skirt have just turned up a match. The case is the first for DCI Morris Keene since returning to work after being wounded on duty, and he asks his former partner, DI Chloe Frohmann, a new mother, to join in questioning the possible perpetrator. Meanwhile, psychologist Laurie Ambrose has recently had two clients obsessed with Annalise, who has gained near-celebrity status: Sandra Williams, who has taken to calling herself Annalise, and Hannah-Claire Finney, who believes herself to be Annalise's daughter. Using multiple narrators, as she did in The Start of Everything (2013), Winslow spins the plot to a satisfying and humane conclusion, with Keene and Frohmann again proving to be a winning pair.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2017 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Annalise Williams, 24, is obsessed with an unsolved crime: the disappearance and presumed murder years earlier of a 16-year-old girl with the same first name: Annalise Wood"the kind of girl you look at and think, of course someone would want to take her."Williams is already obsessed with the case when DNA evidence collected at the original crime scene is newly linked to someone who may be a suspect or witness but appears to have a solid alibi for the time of Annalise Wood's disappearance. Detectives Chloe Frohmann, on leave to care for her infant daughter, and Morris Keene, newly assigned to the cold-case squad, struggle to redefine their professional relationship as they investigate the reopened case. Meanwhile, psychologist Laurie Ambrose becomes curious about Annalise Wood when two seemingly unrelated patients, one of them Annalise Williams, mention her during their therapy sessions. Chapters from the perspectives of Williams, Ambrose, and the detectives heighten the mystery of who is telling the truth and who might not be. Transcripts of the therapy sessions and email messages belatedly discovered in a spam folder late in the novel stand out as clumsy minor devices in an otherwise impressively twisty and flawlessly constructed plot. The tension ramps up when an accidentor was it murder?occurs, Keene and Frohmann untangle truths and lies, Ambrose fears part of the case may hit close to home, and Annalise Williams is forced to confront the secrets in her own family's tangled history.An intriguing, suspenseful, and briskly paced story with complex characters, evocative descriptions of England's Cambridgeshire, plenty of clever misdirection, and a satisfying ending. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.