An old farm, a deserted landscape, a dark secret from times past with fatal consequences for the present.In the tranquil northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark, until they are faced with a copy-cat crime. The investigation continues as they struggle to establish a connection between the two victims. Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious: a rift within the family of the second victim. But there is far more to the case than first appears, and Valerie is led toward a dark secret inextricably linked to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II.Horrified at her last-minute discovery, Valerie realizes that she may be too late to save the next victim.
Margaret N. says:
"After causing a scene at a dinner party held to celebrate the engagement of the daughter of her closest friend Chad Beckett, Fiona Barnes never makes it home. After a search of the area by the other guests of the party, newly divorced granddaughter Leslie reports her missing, and her body is found. Who would hate this elderly woman enough to beat her to death?
To complicate matters, there is still the unsolved brutal murder of college student Amy Mills in a nearby town. Are the murders connected? Or do the roots of Fiona's murder lie in events that occurred during World War II when 11 year old Fiona was evacuated from London to Beckett Farm to escape the Blitz? The story of those days is told by Fiona in a document she emailed Chad titled The Other Child.
An engrossing psychological thriller with well drawn characters and setting, The Other Child will appeal to fans of Ruth Rendell. This is the first English translation of a novel by best selling German writer Charlotte Link to be published in America. I hope the wait for another won't be long because I loved this story set on the Yorkshire coast."