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When an emaciated three-year-old is found on an icy hillside on the brink of death, profiler Clare Hart discovers no one has reported the dark-haired boy as missing. To further complicate matters, a distraught woman approaches Clare to find her granddaughter, a gifted cellist, who has abandoned her music scholarship and been lured in by a reclusive religious sect and its ch When an emaciated three-year-old is found on an icy hillside on the brink of death, profiler Clare Hart discovers no one has reported the dark-haired boy as missing. To further complicate matters, a distraught woman approaches Clare to find her granddaughter, a gifted cellist, who has abandoned her music scholarship and been lured in by a reclusive religious sect and its charismatic leader. As Clare investigates these two cases, the murder of a young couple makes her suspect they are linked in ways she initially finds impossible to fathom. But as the case becomes clearer, she realizes even more is at stake than one girl's life...


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When an emaciated three-year-old is found on an icy hillside on the brink of death, profiler Clare Hart discovers no one has reported the dark-haired boy as missing. To further complicate matters, a distraught woman approaches Clare to find her granddaughter, a gifted cellist, who has abandoned her music scholarship and been lured in by a reclusive religious sect and its ch When an emaciated three-year-old is found on an icy hillside on the brink of death, profiler Clare Hart discovers no one has reported the dark-haired boy as missing. To further complicate matters, a distraught woman approaches Clare to find her granddaughter, a gifted cellist, who has abandoned her music scholarship and been lured in by a reclusive religious sect and its charismatic leader. As Clare investigates these two cases, the murder of a young couple makes her suspect they are linked in ways she initially finds impossible to fathom. But as the case becomes clearer, she realizes even more is at stake than one girl's life...

30 review for Water Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Water Music, A Clare Hart Mystery by Margie Orford is a 2014 Witness Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read in this series and I have to say these are riveting and unique mysteries. Clare's character sets the tone for the series. She is a complicated woman not given to extreme emotions other than an occasional fit of temper which is usually aimed at someone preventing her from do Water Music, A Clare Hart Mystery by Margie Orford is a 2014 Witness Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read in this series and I have to say these are riveting and unique mysteries. Clare's character sets the tone for the series. She is a complicated woman not given to extreme emotions other than an occasional fit of temper which is usually aimed at someone preventing her from doing her job. Yet we know internally she feels things very deeply. As the story opens on the fifth installment, we quickly discover Clare is facing a huge personal issue. But, before she can really digest the ramifications of it, she is called in to work the case of a child who was discovered half starved to death and unable to explain what happened to her. Clare is also well aware that her unit could be the victim of a lot bureaucratic BS and may not be around too much longer. When a grandfather implores Clare to look into his granddaughter's sudden disappearance she feels compelled to help him, even if the girl is older and thus outside her usual expertise. We learn right off this missing girl did not up and leave without notice all on her own. Foul play was most certainly involved. But, the investigation is slow in both cases, agonizingly so. The two cases are each puzzling, but the brilliant Cellist who vanishes into thin air was the thread I was the most invested in. While Clare covers the usual ground such as interviewing teachers, friends, classmates and such, the story took on the flavor of a good old school police procedural. Forensics is of course a big part of these mysteries and once more it helped lead Clare in the right direction. The investigation begins to become more and more murky , but we soon learn the two cases are interwoven and when Clare connects the dots and realizes what has happened to the missing girl, that knowledge may die with her, as she herself becomes a target. The atmosphere is dark and foreboding, emotional and really creepy. This story deals with some disturbing subject matter and some passages are very difficult to read. The author does not sugarcoat or gloss over certain details. The location also lends an eerie quality to the story as the backdrop of the crime is a beautiful place, but the residents are a sort of clannish, a little different, and a lot suspicious. Once Claire establishes the facts and begins to get closer to the truth, the book quite abruptly switches gears and the suspense becomes nearly unbearable. I did enjoy the ending and am happy with how Clare dealt with her personal issues and I am super curious how this will effect her in future installments of this series. Over all this one is a solid addition to a very understated and underrated crime series. 4.5 rounded to 5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Water Music, A Clare Hart Mystery by Margie Orford is a 2014 Witness Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read in this series and I have to say these are riveting and unique mysteries. Clare's character sets the tone for the series. She is a complicated woman not given to extreme emotions other than an occasional fit of temper which is usually aimed at someone preventing her from do Water Music, A Clare Hart Mystery by Margie Orford is a 2014 Witness Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read in this series and I have to say these are riveting and unique mysteries. Clare's character sets the tone for the series. She is a complicated woman not given to extreme emotions other than an occasional fit of temper which is usually aimed at someone preventing her from doing her job. Yet we know internally she feels things very deeply. As the story opens on the fifth installment, we quickly discover Clare is facing a huge personal issue. But, before she can really digest the ramifications of it, she is called in to work the case of a child who was discovered half starved to death and unable to explain what happened to her. Clare is also well aware that her unit could be the victim of a lot bureaucratic BS and may not be around too much longer. When a grandfather implores Clare to look into his granddaughter's sudden disappearance she feels compelled to help him, even if the girl is older and thus outside her usual expertise. We learn right off this missing girl did not up and leave without notice all on her own. Foul play was most certainly involved. But, the investigation is slow in both cases, agonizingly so. The two cases are each puzzling, but the brilliant Cellist who vanishes into thin air was the thread I was the most invested in. While Clare covers the usual ground such as interviewing teachers, friends, classmates and such, the story took on the flavor of a good old school police procedural. Forensics is of course a big part of these mysteries and once more it helped lead Clare in the right direction. The investigation begins to become more and more murky , but we soon learn the two cases are interwoven and when Clare connects the dots and realizes what has happened to the missing girl, that knowledge may die with her, as she herself becomes a target. The atmosphere is dark and foreboding, emotional and really creepy. This story deals with some disturbing subject matter and some passages are very difficult to read. The author does not sugarcoat or gloss over certain details. The location also lends an eerie quality to the story as the backdrop of the crime is a beautiful place, but the residents are a sort of clannish, a little different, and a lot suspicious. Once Claire establishes the facts and begins to get closer to the truth, the book quite abruptly switches gears and the suspense becomes nearly unbearable. I did enjoy the ending and am happy with how Clare dealt with her personal issues and I am super curious how this will effect her in future installments of this series. Over all this one is a solid addition to a very understated and underrated crime series. 4.5 rounded to 5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marina Sofia

    I read this in one day, just couldn't put it down. Not just because it was exciting, but it really was emotional, tugged at my heartstrings. This is not the touristy Cape Town we like to imagine, but a very gritty story about violence against women in particular, and the consequences of poverty. Corruption at the highest levels and the conflict between police and unions in a post-apartheid South Africa are also tangentially addressed. This is my first Margie Orford, but it certainly won't be my I read this in one day, just couldn't put it down. Not just because it was exciting, but it really was emotional, tugged at my heartstrings. This is not the touristy Cape Town we like to imagine, but a very gritty story about violence against women in particular, and the consequences of poverty. Corruption at the highest levels and the conflict between police and unions in a post-apartheid South Africa are also tangentially addressed. This is my first Margie Orford, but it certainly won't be my last.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tony Motte

    Orford at her best! Fast paced, twisty story line, gutsy Cape Town at its best Underlying digs at government and corruption and not many redeeming moments to allow you to relax as you are forced to turn the pages even if you will not make that meeting in time. The book was read in one 5 hour car journey, which passed in a flash The only problem I have with this writer is she cannot write fast enough.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karin brynard

    A taute fast paced thriller with an intriguing main character in die form of police profiler Dr Clare Hart and her lover, the sexy-cool capt Riedwaan Faizal. Orford lifts the pretty lid off beautiful Hout Bay - and with incredibly explosive results!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    First one I've read in this series, and the 5th book, so I felt like a lot of previous information was missing, but I picked it up at the library without realising. Crime series set in Cape Town following a woman described on the back as a profiler, although I wouldn't have figured that out just from this book, Dr Clare Hart. Clare works with the child protection team, but they seem to be affiliated with neither the police, the medical community nor any kind of governmental social services team, First one I've read in this series, and the 5th book, so I felt like a lot of previous information was missing, but I picked it up at the library without realising. Crime series set in Cape Town following a woman described on the back as a profiler, although I wouldn't have figured that out just from this book, Dr Clare Hart. Clare works with the child protection team, but they seem to be affiliated with neither the police, the medical community nor any kind of governmental social services team, and I couldn't quite work out how the person she denied had any authority to shut her team down promptly went on to do just that while she was busy conducting what should have been a police investigation except that she just got her policeman boyfriend to drag in suspects for her to question without either of them thinking to tell his boss, even when they realised the links to a dead body that had been found. Rounding up to 3 stars because I assume some of the flaws are due to not having read the first 4 books, but I really felt it needed more editing: as an example, in the space of a few seconds, the pathologist manages to state "She's about your height, Clare... Height, all that stuff I'll do in the lab, but for now I'd say she's about your height too. Five foot four, but she can't weigh more than forty kilos." I kept getting jarred out of the flow of writing by little details like that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This was a quick read, and pretty engaging, particularly as the story went on. It took me a while to get into the writing style, which I thought could have used more polish - a lot of this was heavy on telling, rather than showing, which meant that the dialogue felt unnatural and awkward throughout. The villains also felt cartoonishly villainous, and Clare bustling off on her own to fight crime made her feel more like Nancy Drew than anyone actually involved in law enforcement. Still, I liked Cla This was a quick read, and pretty engaging, particularly as the story went on. It took me a while to get into the writing style, which I thought could have used more polish - a lot of this was heavy on telling, rather than showing, which meant that the dialogue felt unnatural and awkward throughout. The villains also felt cartoonishly villainous, and Clare bustling off on her own to fight crime made her feel more like Nancy Drew than anyone actually involved in law enforcement. Still, I liked Clare as a character, and I certainly found parts of this story memorable - even haunting. I wasn't particularly happy with how the pregnancy plot was handled, particularly the reactions from the gynaecologist, Riedwaan and Clare's sister. I fear it's perfectly common for pregnant women to face the unquestioning assumption that they will carry to term and they must have a baby before they're too old and they could only have bad reasons for not wanting to do that, but the narrative did very little to challenge that, and the resolution was predictable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    S.A. Partridge

    Police profiler Dr Clare Hart’s life is in turmoil. She is facing a personal crisis, her lover is deep undercover, and her special unit to investigate child-related crimes is being threatened by politics and bureaucracy. The discovery of an emaciated child in the mountains above Hout Bay forces her to put her personal life on hold, and she’s soon deeply involved in two seemingly unrelated cases. With time running out and the bodies piling up, Dr Hart has no choice but to pursue her leads alone, Police profiler Dr Clare Hart’s life is in turmoil. She is facing a personal crisis, her lover is deep undercover, and her special unit to investigate child-related crimes is being threatened by politics and bureaucracy. The discovery of an emaciated child in the mountains above Hout Bay forces her to put her personal life on hold, and she’s soon deeply involved in two seemingly unrelated cases. With time running out and the bodies piling up, Dr Hart has no choice but to pursue her leads alone, putting her in more danger than she’s ever been before. Water Music marks the triumphant return of South Africa’s queen of crime, Margie Orford. It’s nail-biting crime fiction at its best. I am addicted to Margie Orford's fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat style of writing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne Chappel

    Crime writing: sets a scene and we are hooked to find out who survives and who does not and how it all unfolds. It is a trap. At its best the writing compensates and opens up a world of interesting people and places. However, I was disappointed by this first book of Margie Orfords that I have read. I get the sense that she has rushed it, churned it out. The pace is full on, but after a while I found it all too unbelievable and it annoyed me. The several editing mistakes I found added to my annoy Crime writing: sets a scene and we are hooked to find out who survives and who does not and how it all unfolds. It is a trap. At its best the writing compensates and opens up a world of interesting people and places. However, I was disappointed by this first book of Margie Orfords that I have read. I get the sense that she has rushed it, churned it out. The pace is full on, but after a while I found it all too unbelievable and it annoyed me. The several editing mistakes I found added to my annoyance. It is as if here is a stock formula and Margie has followed it along without any magical writing. It never takes off. I was pleased to finish it - If you want the best of South African crime writing go to Deon Meyer. He is an author that shows you how it should be done.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookread2day

    Water Music is a unputdownable thriller that sits right at the top of tree. I can see that Margie cares deeply about all of her characters. It is easy to believe every character and every scene. Cassie takes a nice canter on her horse through Bridle Path in Cape Town. The Bridle Path is rarely used in summer and never used in winter. As Cassie is riding through Bridle Path disaster takes a toll as the wind tore a sheet of plastic from under a tree Cassie's horse reared and Cassie came tumbling o Water Music is a unputdownable thriller that sits right at the top of tree. I can see that Margie cares deeply about all of her characters. It is easy to believe every character and every scene. Cassie takes a nice canter on her horse through Bridle Path in Cape Town. The Bridle Path is rarely used in summer and never used in winter. As Cassie is riding through Bridle Path disaster takes a toll as the wind tore a sheet of plastic from under a tree Cassie's horse reared and Cassie came tumbling of her horse. I won't say what happens next but what I will say is that the story starts to take a dark turn from here on, that have you wanting to know more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Bauling

    The fifth novel in Orford’s Clare Hart series and as tension-filled as the first four. Death is never just a hook for the story in these books; it has significance as the curtailment or prevention of something of value, warmth and sentience; it matters. There is compassion for the bleak, lonely or horrific ends of the victims. This one develops into a cold-sweat race against time. With a side-plot of corruption/political interference to frustrate their urgent attempts to unravel the sinister tru The fifth novel in Orford’s Clare Hart series and as tension-filled as the first four. Death is never just a hook for the story in these books; it has significance as the curtailment or prevention of something of value, warmth and sentience; it matters. There is compassion for the bleak, lonely or horrific ends of the victims. This one develops into a cold-sweat race against time. With a side-plot of corruption/political interference to frustrate their urgent attempts to unravel the sinister truth and effect a rescue, leaving them feeling powerless and vulnerable, Clare and Riedwaan also face real, urgent issues in their own troubled lives.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I liked this story set is Cape Town, South Africa. Some of the names and terminology was a little difficult to get used to but the story and characters were wonderful and likable. This was a mystery thriller centered on missing children and the country's attempt to solve their disappearance. Clair, the hero of the book is tough and tenacious. Even though the bureaucrats are trying to shut down her unit, she works hard to finish up the cases that are still unsolved. This is the 5th book in the Cl I liked this story set is Cape Town, South Africa. Some of the names and terminology was a little difficult to get used to but the story and characters were wonderful and likable. This was a mystery thriller centered on missing children and the country's attempt to solve their disappearance. Clair, the hero of the book is tough and tenacious. Even though the bureaucrats are trying to shut down her unit, she works hard to finish up the cases that are still unsolved. This is the 5th book in the Clair Hart series and can be read without the other 4.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Avril

    A very fast and exciting read-set in and around the Cape Peninsula,South Africa- with some really horrifying scary parts but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Crampton

    This is a really good thriller set in Cape Town. A real page turner and Margie Orford at her best.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Mackinlay

    If I'd known what this book is about--extreme abuse and torture of women and children--I wouldn't have read it. This is the first of this series I've read and unfortunately it is probably the last. I liked the SA background, Clare and her lover, and the good-guy minor characters, including a crucial sniffer dog. And the corrupt politics are depressingly plausible. Which is the reason for the three stars. But the story . . . no. This kind of thing is why I gave up reading mysteries for about a de If I'd known what this book is about--extreme abuse and torture of women and children--I wouldn't have read it. This is the first of this series I've read and unfortunately it is probably the last. I liked the SA background, Clare and her lover, and the good-guy minor characters, including a crucial sniffer dog. And the corrupt politics are depressingly plausible. Which is the reason for the three stars. But the story . . . no. This kind of thing is why I gave up reading mysteries for about a decade; I know a murder mystery has to have at least one corpse, but I don't enjoy maximum horror in my escapist fiction.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Soydan Koçak

    I thought it was just an ordinary whodunnit when I saw this book on the shelf. Nevertheless, my prejudice distilled into an admire just after starting to read this masterpiece. One of the best novel that i read so far this year, so fluent and facile that always kept me awake while reading pages and pages, I was feeling myself walking in the streets of Cape Town and brainstorming on the cases as Clare did.. I will be reading all other books of Margie Orford, I wholeheartedly believe that I love t I thought it was just an ordinary whodunnit when I saw this book on the shelf. Nevertheless, my prejudice distilled into an admire just after starting to read this masterpiece. One of the best novel that i read so far this year, so fluent and facile that always kept me awake while reading pages and pages, I was feeling myself walking in the streets of Cape Town and brainstorming on the cases as Clare did.. I will be reading all other books of Margie Orford, I wholeheartedly believe that I love them all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marie-Antoinette

    I loved the twists and turns of this book, the truly unknowable nature of the next chapter. As I read I could not guess what had happened, how this little girl had been left alone under some plastic, tethered to a tree; how Rosa went missing three weeks ago and no one has noticed until now. Who was really involved? Who knows more than they are telling? And what do they know? Why are they keeping secrets? My mind was spinning with questions and I read on compulsively.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    It is very rare for me not to finish a book that I have started. However, there was so much unnecessary swearing in the first few pages - and not even just in the dialogue - that I was put off completely. I read about thirty pages and gave up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    the others were better

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I think that this Clare Hart story might be my favorite! Margie Orford writes incredible characters. Clare Hart is such a strong woman, able to see the world through a different lens and find connections that would have been missed by those around her. This story evokes so many emotions from the reader. There is frustration, anger, and sadness. There is also hope and a sense of second chances and renewal. In many Crime/Thriller novels it is difficult to feel like there is hope when you finish. Q I think that this Clare Hart story might be my favorite! Margie Orford writes incredible characters. Clare Hart is such a strong woman, able to see the world through a different lens and find connections that would have been missed by those around her. This story evokes so many emotions from the reader. There is frustration, anger, and sadness. There is also hope and a sense of second chances and renewal. In many Crime/Thriller novels it is difficult to feel like there is hope when you finish. Quite often you see the underbelly of the evil beast and while the case has been solved and closure has been made, you are still saddened by the situations and themes found in the story line. Of course, it brings a new level of awareness yet there is still an ache for someone like me to see that there is hope and some form of a happy ending. Margie does this so well. Her stories highlight the horrors and social injustices within South Africa yet when I finish reading, even though I am sad that these things happen, I feel like those obstacles can be beat because of her strong characters. They fight against the injustice and there is a little more hope each after each case. I am going to try and write about some of my favorite parts without spoiling too much of the story! For the majority of the story, Clare Hart is on her own doing what she does best, bringing justice to the down trodden who cannot do it themselves. The story begins when a little girl is found in the woods by a young woman who was horse ridding in the middle of the night and miracle of all miracles, the little girl is alive. She is taken to the hospital and we learn that she has been treated terribly. Aside from being tied to a tree, left to endure the cold temperatures, her body can barely handle the trauma of what has happened in the past four years of her life and what is happening now. While Clare beings this investigation to find the child’s mother and learn the girls identity, she is approached by Alfred Wagner, an older gentlemen who is looking for his 19 year old grand daughter. While Clare would not normally take the case because of the girl’s age, she is drawn to the situation and set out to find Rosa Wagner, a beautiful young cellist. She jumps into the investigation and beings to discover some odd occurrences and horrible facts. As she digs deeper she discovers that there might be a connection between the abandoned girl, Esther, and the young cellist. This story is filled with gangs, drugs, corrupt politicians and truly depicts a world in which the minority must fight for justice, to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Section 28 , Clare’s department, is under scrutiny and threatened to be disbanded. All this happens simultaneously when Clare makes a shocking discovery about an unforeseen twist in her own life. She must choose what she wants to do with her life and somehow make it align with the chaos ensuing in the world around her. When Riedwaan returns from an undercover assignment, they work together to find those missing persons and bring closure to the case. As the end nears, Clare finds herself in the clutches of a dangerous community leader and Riedwaan has to find a way to save her before it is too late. I want to keep talking about this story but I am afraid I will give away some surprising plot points that I loved reading! I don’t want to spoil it for you! If you love Crime Thrillers, then this is a book you need to read. Clare Harts determination to bring justice to the women and children of South Africa is remarkable. This story will cause you to cry out against the injustices of a corrupt world and society, while finding that there is hope for those who seek to find it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A young child is found in the woods. Left to die, left for safe keeping, or left for someone to find and save? The child can't speak and is barely alive. Clare Hart is assigned to figure out who did this and why. She is also asked to find a gifted cellist who has gone missing from her grandfather. The girl is out of her age range, but she feels compelled to help find out what happened to her. Additionally, Clare is in a bit of a personal mess. She is in a relationship she can't take to the next A young child is found in the woods. Left to die, left for safe keeping, or left for someone to find and save? The child can't speak and is barely alive. Clare Hart is assigned to figure out who did this and why. She is also asked to find a gifted cellist who has gone missing from her grandfather. The girl is out of her age range, but she feels compelled to help find out what happened to her. Additionally, Clare is in a bit of a personal mess. She is in a relationship she can't take to the next level. Clare is near to losing her job when she learns her department is being shut down. She is close to losing her man and too wrapped up in these cases for her own welfare. Clare is a very likeable character. Clare's character is developed enough to carry all this through and still be believable. Clare really knows sexual trauma. The subjects that Clare tackles are uncomfortable but fighting beneath those subjects is a woman looking for the truth. She doesn't answer to every injustice, these things exist and for some there is no redemption or retribution. Her love interest, Riedwaan, is deep undercover and a bit missing in most of this story. Clare is left to figure this out by herself. She has a little help along the way, without which she could not have carried this out. Written in third person, we follow Clare as she follows the leads. The author was able to tackle some difficult subjects and keep me guessing. I really enjoyed this story. I didn't know what to expect from this book. Reading the synopsis made me think, it better be well written to pull off child abuse and detective work. Water Music was not only well written, it also managed to be a love story. I can not stop thinking about it. I devoured this book in less than 2 days. That is fa-nominal, considering it is over 300 pages and my schedule is very demanding. Set in South Africa, the rules and language are a bit different there. The author was able to take me there without alienating me in the culture. What I really liked about this story was how it surprised me at the end. There was no jumpy puzzle solving. Clare and I thought the same thing, and drew the same conclusions. I really hate mysteries when all of a sudden everything comes together. This wasn't like that. Also, the author didn't try to horrify me with details on the traumas. She just stated the facts. There is a way to handle these things tactfully, Margie Orford nailed it. This book is part of a series of books staring Clare Hart. This is book #5, it can be read as a standalone. I have to get more from this series. This book is so good. It had so much suspense. I could see this becoming a blockbuster hit.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Good. Fans of detective novels will love this series set in Cape Town, South Africa.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love the Clare Hart series, the books are filled with suspense and you just want to read another page, and another! I also like these books as they are based in Cape Town and surroundings, which is very familiar to me, and therefore the book becomes more personalized. Her characters is also very well defined and described. I also like Margie Orford's writing style of short chapters, this makes it easy to fit in a chapter or two in the 5 minutes you have available, and also allows you to read " I love the Clare Hart series, the books are filled with suspense and you just want to read another page, and another! I also like these books as they are based in Cape Town and surroundings, which is very familiar to me, and therefore the book becomes more personalized. Her characters is also very well defined and described. I also like Margie Orford's writing style of short chapters, this makes it easy to fit in a chapter or two in the 5 minutes you have available, and also allows you to read "just one more chapter"before you go to bed. But be warned, it is so addictive, that before you know it, you have read 5 chapters

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kenechi Udogu

    Thoroughly gripping story with a bittersweet end. I’d never heard of this series before and I imagine readers of the previous books following the protagonist, Dr Clare Hart, will have different opinions about her. She initially wasn’t easy to warm to but, by the end, I thought she was a good example of a strong female lead character. The story – all I can say is HARROWING! And the saddest part is I could easily see it all happening. I won’t say any more than that. If you like true-to-life thrill Thoroughly gripping story with a bittersweet end. I’d never heard of this series before and I imagine readers of the previous books following the protagonist, Dr Clare Hart, will have different opinions about her. She initially wasn’t easy to warm to but, by the end, I thought she was a good example of a strong female lead character. The story – all I can say is HARROWING! And the saddest part is I could easily see it all happening. I won’t say any more than that. If you like true-to-life thrillers, you’ll like this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Missing child from a eliete music school is investigated by Clare Hart in the next installment of this series. I really enjoyed this book, more than some of the others in this series because it focused less on the politics of law enforcement in South Africa and more on the case. It kept me guessing until the very end

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    The discovery of a young girl, barely alive, and a missing cellist form the basis of the case. Better than the previous one, I still find these books superficial and cannot bring myself to care about or connect with any of the characters. Thus makes reading them rather clinical. Clare Hart annoys me the most with the unending 'yes/no' drama. Rating : 3 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mike Blackburn

    Meh. Ok, it is nice to read a novel set in our "back yard" so to speak. But.... It's predictable, formulaic and really worth no more than light distraction whilst standing in the queue to renew a drivers license.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rana

    The only downfall of this book is that I finished the series. Kept me captivated through 5 books, all read pretty much right in a row. If you like your cop thrillers with a female lead and about serial killers, this should totally be on your list.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lizzi

    Loved this, gripping and unexpected. My full review here: http://wp.me/p1T6v8-Kl Loved this, gripping and unexpected. My full review here: http://wp.me/p1T6v8-Kl

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nrr

    The blurb is wrong, and in fact, although the plot is important, the background of policing is just as much part of the narrative. I think this is well paced and compelling.

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