61B5hTdnFQL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_‘The Cradle Will Fall’ is a prequel to the crime novels featuring Jane Bennett and DI Lockyer. This short story picks up Bennett’s career in the Serious Case Team after her maternity leave. When she enters the home of a mother and her child, she is not prepared for what she encounters. As everyone around her crumbles, however, Bennett proves her worth, remaining calm and showing the tough exterior that we have come to see in her following cases. We also see the introduction of Lockyer and get to see the circumstances behind their close working relationship.

For anyone who has not yet read any of Clare Donoghue’s books, this is an ideal way to get to know the characters. For those already familiar with Bennett and Lockyer, it was good to see the circumstances behind some already known events.

This book is available for free on Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cradle-Will-Fall-Clare-Donoghue-ebook/dp/B018UH1008/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1457899377&sr=1-1