Ruth Galloway, Book # 1
February 5th 2009
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Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties and lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy. Is it the same killer or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?
New series and new author. I chose this book because the protagonist is an archaeologist and therefore something different from what I usually read.
The case is very interesting, there is talk of a disappearance that took place 10 years earlier, a little girl named Lucy. The detective on the case receives strange letters that appear to be from the killer but this is not disclosed to the media.
In the present another little girl disappears and bones are found on an archaeological site so our protagonist Ruth is called.
As mentioned, the case is interesting, it could have had potential but the solution is trivial and something already seen. First of all it was clear who the kidnapper was from the first appearance of said person. Unfortunately these types of “antisocial” people are too often used in the books and it was obvious how this was going to turn out.
I don’t know if I will continue with the series, the premise for this book was good but then the development left me a bit stunned.