The shadow of the Second World War looms dark over this chilling mystery starring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. Some buried secrets shouldn’t be uncovered.
Dr Ruth Galloway is called in by a team of archaeologists investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, when they unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. They seem to have been there a very long time. Ruth must help discover how long, and how on earth they got there.
Ruth and DCI Nelson are drawn together once more to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.
Ruth thought she knew the history of Norfolk – she’s about to find out just how wrong she was, and how far someone will go to keep their secrets buried.
As Ruth struggles with juggling motherhood and her stimulating career as a university archaeologist, an old friend appears reminding her of a distressing time in Bosnia in 1996. When six bodies are discovered due to erosion on the north Norfolk coast, her memories echo events during the Second World War.
DCI Nelson treads carefully in local politics and seeks Ruth’s help once again, entangling their personal relationship in dangerous undercurrents. Old friend Cathbad, the Druid, proves his worth once more as Ruth and Nelson uncover a blood oath made during the war which reverberates into the present.
This novel is based on relationships, especially friendship, and the vivid description of the precarious coastal geography adds extra tension. Some people have criticised this book for its predictable conclusion but like all thrilling stories we want a cliff edge denouement and there is still a twist in the tale. For me this was a favourite.
The House at Sea’s End on Amazon UK
My Review of The Crossing Places the first Dr Ruth Galloway mystery