Kate Rokesmith's decision to go to the river changed the lives of many. Her murder shocked the nation. Her husband, never charged, moved abroad under a cloud of suspicion. Her son, just four years old, grew up in a loveless boarding school. And Detective Inspector Darnell, vowing to leave no stone unturned in the search for her killer, began to lose his only daughter. The young Stella Darnell grew to resent the dead Kate Rokesmith.
Her dad had never vowed to leave no stone unturned for her. Now, thirty years later, Stella is dutifully sorting through her father's attic after his sudden death. The Rokesmith case papers are in a corner, gathering dust: the case was never solved. Stella knows she should destroy them. Instead, she opens the box, and starts to read. A tense, evocative thriller set on the freezing banks of the Thames. A woman reconnects with her dead father by solving the murder case that obsessed him in life. Ghost Girl, the sequel to The Detective's Daughter publishes on 10th April 2014.
About the Author
Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was published in 2013 and sold over 300,000 copies.
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New author and didn't know what to expect and
took a while to settle into it. Now looking forward to her next. read as eBook.
'A thoughtful, well-observed story ... It reminded me of Kate Atkinson' Scott Pack.
'Tense and gripping ... On the edge of my seat? No way - I was cowering under it' Shotsmag.
'Skilfully evokes the era and slow-moving childhood summers ... A study of memory and guilt with several twists' Guardian.
'This is a haunting novel about loss and reconciliation, driven by a simple but clever plot' The Sunday Times.
'This book has a clever mystery plot - but its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable, and in its setting in a real West London street, exactly described' Literary Review.
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st May 2013
Edition Number: 1