Half a lifetime has passed and memories have been buried. But when they are asked to reunite — to lay ghosts to rest for the good of the future — they all have their own reasons to agree. As they take the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland the past is brought into terrible focus — some things are impossible to leave behind. In The Last Crossing memory is unreliable, truth shifts and slips and the lingering legacy of the Troubles threatens the present once again.
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In a blizzard, a milkman spots a barefoot girl dressed only in pajamas coming out of the woods. If one thinks all is calm since the peace accords, then think again. History has a way of repeating itself with the violence of what is quaintly known as The Troubles reaching pervasively into the present. When Lucy finds out the girl is not Kate, but Alice, the sense of disappointment from the rest of the search team is palpable.
Only Lucy seems to be aware that the rescue of a child in a snowstorm should be celebrated. Lucy deflects advances from her commanding officer and wants to keep quiet the fact she is following in the footsteps of both her parents.
The deliberate pace and the easily guessable bad guy may frustrate some readers. Janet looks 50 but actually is not much older than the year-old police officer and she tells Lucy that she has been branded as a traitor. A more frightening tale, told in matter of fact tones makes the storyline all the more chilling. Kathleen Hennrikus is an award-winning newspaper professional whose experience includes research, story development, conducting interviews, and book reviewing for The Boston Globe.
She was also Research Editor and a writer for Boston Magazine.
Shelves: police-procedurals , mysteries , ireland If you are looking for a good solid police procedural with a lot of atmosphere this is the novel for you. The protagonist, Lucy Black is a young policewoman who comes from a family of police officers. The book is set in Derry, Northern Ireland in winter, and reading it you can almost feel the cold. A city with memories of being in the midst of the troubles, it is in the borderlands where much of the worst fighting took place. The story begins with DS Black receiving a call to the woods near her If you are looking for a good solid police procedural with a lot of atmosphere this is the novel for you. The story begins with DS Black receiving a call to the woods near her home where there has been a reported sighting of a girl. Knowing that in the snow and cold, the girl should be found immediately already puts Lucy in a quandary.
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