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If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Talking to the Dead, you may have difficulty connecting with the protagonist here. Detective Fiona Griffiths is an almost recovered sufferer from Cotard’s syndrome where the patient believes herself to be dead and thus has an uncanny affinity for corpses and body parts that is way outside the norm.
Again the scene is set in Cardiff and this time when called to a dead widow’s house by the house clearance team, she finds a human leg in the freezer.
To Griffith’s dismay, probably the most disliked officer is in charge of the case is Rhiannon Watkins, and she soon finds herself at odds with this officer.
The search for the rest of the body to add to the leg it quickly started and soon other parts of the dead woman appear all over Cardiff. Then very soon another part of a body is found, but it is a different body. This one is a male and it is not frozen, but fresh. Now they have two bodies to identify. Are the two murders connected, and if so how?
Through the hunt for the murderer, murderers we learn more about Fiona who is taking steps to find out more of her beginnings – who is she really? She has no knowledge of herself before the age of 2 when she was found in her adoptive father’s car at 2 years old?
And through it all, the murders, the hunt for herself, she finds herself drawn into the web of money, deceit, obsession and definitely danger.
This is not an easy book to read, but if you are into crime, murders and a totally convincing, but somewhat quirky character and deep visits to her mind, then this might be a book for you. For me, I’m off to get book 4 in the series.