Robin Ballantyne is a TV journalist, working for the Corporation. Her colleague Melanie Jacobs has gone missing (for some reason she is called Melanie Trent on the back cover). Melanie is a brave camera woman, darting off to the world´s hot spots, living a dangerous life to report the horrible truth about war to the British viewers. Ironically, Melanie disappears while she is back home, participating in a course at the War School, learning about how to stay safe in a war zone.
Even though Robin regards herself as less courageous than Melanie, there is no doubt in her mind that she must do anything within her power to find out what happened. She speaks to Melanie´s parents, her boyfriend and some of the officers she met abroad.
More than once the police and her superiors tell Robin to forget all about Melanie, hinting that it may be better for the camera woman herself to leave it alone, but of course she is even more determined to find out why the tough, young woman disappeared. And Robin´s life is quite complicated already, a single mother with three-year-old twins and a couple of stubborn sisters who want her to take sides in their perpetual arguments. She seems to care very much about Finney, her nice police officer, but when his ex-wife reappears on the stage, she is not certain she can trust him – or herself – as none of them have ever been good at longterm relationships.
I bought the book myself. Though it is not quite as good as Sampson´s outstanding debut, I will recommend it for readers who like an engaged and engaging female sleuth who cannot keep her nose out of trouble when she believes someone is in danger.