I didn’t know that Karlsson breaking his leg was going to be important in the novel, but it turns out to be vital.
When Frieda decides to carry out the investigation, she asks Karlsson to help her, but he refuses as he can’t do much with a broken leg. So it is Yvette Long who helps Frieda now. Neither of the women is happy; Frieda doesn’t feel comfortable with Yvette’s open hostility, and Yvette is against going through a case that she thinks was resolved thirteen years ago. Yet, as the investigation progresses, we can see a change in Yvette and she becomes as involved and interested as Frieda. She is still cold towards her, but I can perceive a slight change.
The two women have talked to a bunch of people who knew Hannah when the crime took place. First, they visit the house where the murder happened. The new owner is quite nervous, and even though the layout of the house has changed some, Frieda can see how the crime might have happened with her own eyes. Then she talks to a neighbour, Sebastian Tait, who was good friends with Deborah and Aidan. According to the man, the couple were good people; Deborah was a reserved woman and Aidan was charming and personable. He also explains that Rory was his son Rick’s best friend, and after the tragedy took place, Rick felt guilty because Rory was bullied at school and he never did anything to help him. The other son, Samuel, was a good friend to Hannah, but when she hit puberty, she went off the rails, drinking, taking drugs, and living in a squat and Samuel became history for her.
Frieda also talks with Detective Sedge, and Yvette with the other police officer, Malik Gordon, but there is nothing relevant they tell them. They are certain that Hannah was the killer, and even though they might have cut corners in the investigation, they conclude that the result was the only truth.
Next Frieda and Yvette go to see Seamus Docherty, Hannah’s father. We learn from the interview that Deborah and Aidan were quite well off, and it was Seamus, who inherited the money. I have the hunch that the motive for the murder was money as it has come up several times. So if Hannah didn’t kill them, it must have been someone who thought they could get some financial gain. I don’t think Seamus could have killed his son, who he obviously adored. Frieda reproaches him for not visiting his daughter for thirteen years. Seamus just says that Hannah is not his daughter any longer, but even though Frieda tells him that Hannah only has him, the man doesn’t budge.
Yvette discovers that there is a woman who has become Hannah’s advocate. The name of the woman is Erin Brack, and she is some kind of freak about crimes, and Hannah is a favourite of hers. It is clear that the woman is quite peculiar, but Frieda learns that Erin has all the things Seamus Docherty admitted to having thrown away. Yet, Erin’s house is a dump of objects and papers, so Frieda agrees to let Erin find what she rescued from Seamus’s bin and then she will get back to Frieda.
Then Yvette and Frieda trace the people Hannah shared the squat with. First, there is Jason Brenner, who is clearly in a bad condition, and Frieda guesses that he is still in drugs and has hepatitis. The man is not very forthcoming, and the only thing we learn is that Hannah used to steal money from her family, and it is understood that since he was Hannah’s boyfriend, he was the one who urged her to do it.
The second person living with Hannah back then is Thomas Morell, who is clearly very different to Jason. Tom is short and stout, and he tells Frieda and Yvette that the crime affected him, and there was a time when he couldn’t stop talking about it. He talks about Jason using heroine back then, and apparently, Jason used women and Hannah was just one more notch on his bedpost. Frieda gets Tom to say something that he has never told anyone. He confesses that he slept with Hannah just days before the crime, and Hannah didn’t take him seriously. I have the impression that Tom was in love with her, and he might have been hurt that Hannah didn’t want him.
There is a third person, Shelley, who lived in the squat, and I imagine that Frieda and Yvette will talk to her next.
The novel is as interesting as the previous books. I am pretty sure that Frieda is right about Hannah, so that means that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. So if she isn’t the monster and killer people think she is, then who killed her family? And why? I have the hunch that the motive might be the money Deborah and Aidan had, but who could gain from their deaths? Only Seamus, but I am convinced that he coudn’t kill his son. So then who could have a motive to kill this family? Jason knew that Hannah’s family had money, so maybe when he was stoned, he might have gone crazy and killed the family. Or maybe Tom, feeling rejected and hurt, could have done it in revenge, but I think that’s quite far-fetched, and I don’t see this man doing something so horrible.