This thriller is Australian writer Robotham´s second. Again it takes place in London, and the psychologist Joe O´Loughlin features, but this time the main protagonist is DI Vincent Ruiz (second fiddle in the first novel).
Robotham succeeds in catching the reader from page one. Vincent Ruiz survives but has lost his memory and has a hard time convincing the police (and some quite insistent criminals) that he is not just pretending.
It seems that the shooting incident is related to a little girl who disappeared three years earlier in what is a variation of a closed room case. Though a paedophile has been imprisoned, Ruiz has never been able to let this case go, especially because there was no body. Is little Mickey really alive, or is this only wishful thinking by Ruiz and her desparate mother? Ánd how important are his own childhood experiences for his involvement in this case?
I did enjoy the story quite a lot, but to be honest I don´t need any more conspiracy-like plots right now. (Robotham, Stieg Larsson, even Louise Penny has a touch of it).
Language: I read Robotham´s debut in Danish, and liked it, but reading him in English is far better!