An unidentifiable woman is found on a roadside, beaten into a coma and raped. The man who finds her, troubled by his inability to resuscitate her, spends hours at her hospital bedside, talking to the woman everyone calls Elise. Two years later Elise’s condition is downgraded to persistent vegetative state – if the hospital takes her off life support, Elise’s attacker will be guilty of her murder. Now months away from retirement, Chief Superintendent Frances Harman has been assigned to investigate Elise’s case.
In a satisfyingly complex story of deadly crime, kidnapping, disappearance, and identity theft, can this warhorse of a detective beat the odds, the stress, and the danger that may just be too much for one woman to handle?
What The Critics Said
‘Hard to put down- 4 stars'
‘Most crime novels are an interesting and satisfying read, but usually they have faded from one’s memory within a week. Occasionally, one sticks in the mind for a long time and Judith Cutler’s latest is an example…written with the expertise and insight into the human condition'
Tangled Web UK
‘A marvellous book…a compelling read…If you like a good mystery this is for you’
‘Well crafted crime fiction with a twist’
‘Never a dull moment in a crime novel that probes new boundaries and introduces a warhorse of a character who deserves another run.’
The Northern Echo
‘Judith Cutler’s latest...sticks in the mind for a long time...Written with expertise and insight into the human condition.’
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