Until he disappears, Sam Byrne is heading towards being one of the youngest MPs in Britain. With no real clues and a wall of silence, Detectives Murphy and Rossi face an uphill battle to discover his whereabouts whilst trying to keep any conjecture out of the press. At the same time, languishing in prison is Tim Johnson – accused of a murder he says he did not commit. What has occurred in the past that connects these two men and will the Liverpool detectives be able to close the case before more people become victims?

Yet again, Luca Veste has succeeded in writing a real page-turner of a thriller in Then She Was Gone and in Murphy and Rossi we have two increasingly strong lead characters. The relationship between the two detectives is one of the main strengths of this book series and it is hard to try not to picture potential actors should it ever be filmed!

As in all of Luca Veste’s books, the plot is quite dark and is made more so by the use of real locations – when you actually know where all these places are, you don’t look at them in the same way again! Initially, after reading the blurb, I was confused as to how the Tim Johnson part of the story was connected but, once all the pieces started to fit together, it all formed part of a web of deceit that had existed for many years.

Something that I really liked about this book is that I genuinely had no idea who the perpetrator was. Luca Veste has done a fantastic job in making you think you have the plot worked out until… wham… the twist happens and makes you rethink everything!

The Murphy and Rossi books get better with each one and I await the next one eagerly!

This book was received from Net Galley and Simon & Schuster UK in return for an honest review.

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