The Darkness Around Her
by Neil White
Publication Date: 14 Jan 2019
He says he’s the killer. You know he’s lying. You just don’t know why.
One freezing December night, the body of young, vulnerable, Lizzie Barnsley is found on the side of an isolated canal. When blood from her stiletto heel matches that on a wound on the head of Peter Box, police swiftly declare him the prime suspect in her murder.
Criminal lawyer, Dan Grant, is called in to provide Peter Box’s legal defence, along with investigator, Jayne Brett. They need answers from Box – but he’s not talking.
As they dig deeper into the case, they discover that this brutal slaying is just the latest in a series of deaths in the Northern town of Highford, starting with the murder of teenager Rosie Smith a decade ago. Blood spatter linked her stepfather, Sean Martin, to the crime – so why did Peter Box try to claim he’d killed young Rosie?
As the investigation deepens, and more murders along the towpaths come to light – murders that can’t be linked to Peter Box – Jayne and Dan realise that they have stumbled onto a dark conspiracy in their little town.
It’s clear Peter has something to hide, but is he a killer? Grant and Brett are plunged into a race against time to uncover the truth… before a twisted psychopath claims another victim.
An unputdownable, twisty and completely gripping legal crime thriller. Fans of Angela Marsons, Steve Cavanagh and John Grisham will be hooked until the very last page.