Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.
Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter’s body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace’s only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.
DI Will Jackman delves into the case until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him.
When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit?
The Lies Within is Jane’s third Will Jackman book, and the second book I’ve read this year with a location I’m very familiar with. This time it’s Market Harborough
The book starts with a brief prologue, showing Grace Daniels, on trial for murder, her family watching on from the gallery. We’re then taken back 10 months to find Will Jackman, who has a temporary promotion to Chief Inspector. Jackman finds himself seconded from his usual Stratford-upon-Avon base and working for the region, visiting neighbouring forces to review outstanding cases with a view to looking for links and streamlining methods of working. He’s looking at two cases, similar in their M.O., yet 9 years apart, when a body is found in rural Leicestershire. With the duty senior investigating officer already busy, Jackman finds himself thrust into a case that bears all the hallmarks of the two cold cases already on his desk. But with that opening prologue, we know this isn’t going to be a straightforward murder mystery.
This is another great book from Jane, with believable characters and a storyline that feels very real. Jackman’s personal life is just as complicated, and threads laid down in Beneath The Ashes develop further, but in a way that adds depth to the story, and doesn’t get in the way of it. And when I wasn’t really expecting one, there was a nice little reveal at the end.
The Lies Within is published by Legend Press and is released on 2nd May 2017.