A former Customs and Police Officer, Andrew Hill is just putting the finishing touches to the first book in a crime series set in the New Forest, where he lived for 30 years. An avid reader across the crime genre and regular at Crimefest, he now lives in West Sussex and works in property.
Claire Roget is a psychiatrist with an absentee boyfriend, a half decorated house, a troubled bunch of patients and a former patient who may be a killer.
Prolific author Priscilla Masters, is a former health professional and her intimate knowledge of the processes governing mental health run through the book, lending it an authenticity and clarity that informs the reader. You also get a real feeling for what social services and those connected to them have to contend with, are hide-bound by and the careful balancing act they perform in ensuring care for their patients and the needs of the wider community. She accomplishes this without it becoming a polemic.
Dr Roget’s former patient, Jerome Barclay, is suspected of a number of killings. Whilst, the police were unable to prove anything, the good doctor is convinced he ‘done it’ - and to be frank, he’s not a very nice piece of work. He likes to show that he has information on her current patients he shouldn’t have; give insights that aren’t requested, and make veiled threats to our psychiatrist. This further convinces her of his guilt, all the while messing with her head. Is he a kind of Lecter-Lite, without the taste for human flesh and a fine Chianti?
You do get involved with the patients, have a hope for a proto-romance that Dr Roget may have with a detective, want to know why our suspect is doing what he’s doing and there’s a nice twist too.