Title: Far Cry
Author: John Harvey
Ruth and Simon Pierce’s rare romantic break is shattered by devastating news: their daughter, Heather, on holiday in Cornwall with a friend’s family, has disappeared. The loss is more than they or their marriage can bear. But time does heal and slowly Ruth builds a new life for herself with a new husband, Andrew – even a second daughter, Beatrice.
The emotional strain of Heather’s death ruins Ruth and Simon’s marriage. After the divorce, Ruth moves from London to Cambridgeshire, where she remarries and has another child – a daughter, Beatrice. But when Beatrice is close to the age Heather was when she died, she too mysteriously disappears …
Helen Walker (of Harvey’s 2008 novel Gone to Ground), one of the officers involved in the investigation, travels to Cornwall to seek connections between Beatrice’s disappearance and Heather’s death. Will Grayson (also of Gone to Ground), the officer leading the enquiry, is torn between his fears that a recently paroled child-abuser might be responsible and his growing suspicions that someone closer to home might have taken Beatrice. With the stakes impossibly high and time running out, Helen and Will draw closer to their quarry while the truth seems to slip further into the distance.