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Rowley Regis, Black Country, 2004
Five figures formed a pentagram around a freshly dug mound. Only they knew it was a grave.
Digging the frozen earth beneath the layers of ice and snow had been like trying to carve stone but they’d taken turns. All of them. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer.
The shovel had passed from grip to grip. Some were hesitant, tentative. Others more assured. No one resisted and no one spoke.
The innocence of the life taken was known to them all but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried.
Five heads bowed towards the dirt, visualising the body beneath soil that already glistened with fresh ice.
As the first flakes dusted the top of the grave, a shudder threaded through the group.
The five figures dispersed, their footprints treading the trail of a star into the fresh, crisp snow.
It was done.
Ten years later we assist to the murder of a school principal. Strangled and drowned in her bathtub.
Detective Kim Stone and her team investigate the case.
They find human rests in a field near an orphanage. The rests belong to young girls.
Are these the same bones buried ten years before? What is their connection with the school principal?
From this moment we are involved in a series of twists that give us a strong sense of suspense.
Detective Kim Stone is a resolute woman, she exactly knows what she wants.
Sometimes she is sharp and cold: she has had a difficult past and she never talks about it. She has a mother who is a paranoid schizophrenic. But nobody doesn't know the repercussions of that. She’d once had a twin brother but nobody knows how he’d died. Only one person knows all the events of her past and she is damn sure it was going to stay that way.
Also for this reason she wants to discover the truth.
During the narration there are a lot of victims. Among them there are three girls:
Victim 1 - Melanie Harris - Age - 15 Decapitated.
Victim 2 - Tracy Morgan - Age - 15 Pregnant, Buried alive.
Victim 3 - Louise Dunston - Age - 15
Those three girls lost their lives to a monster. Between them they were raped, beaten, suffocated and buried. This was not a story in a newspaper to them. It was their lives; their reality.
A few days ago these kids were anonymous, forgotten and silent. But not anymore. Melanie, Tracy and Louise will now have a voice because of Kim Stone and her staff. And make no mistake, they will catch the bastard that did this.