If you’re wondering how much mileage the much-abused police procedural format has left, a bracing dose of Olivia Kiernan will demonstrate how a talented novelist can shake off the clichés and produce something fresh... Kiernan is skilful in her evocation of locale, and even better on her carefully differentiated cast of characters. But she is best of all on the accelerating tension, leading to a gruesome conclusion
This is the second outing for the engaging, if troubled, head of the Dublin murder squad DCS Frankie Sheehan. Two mutilated corpses are found in a church in Clontarf where the detective grew up, and it appears to her, as a trained criminal profiler, that a serial killer is at work...Plenty of careful detail, not least in the politics at the highest levels of policing, and a satisfyingly twisty plot make this a procedural that positively hums with authenticity. But at its heart is the character of Sheehan, fiercely independent and determined not to be bullied.