sirenThis is the second in the DC Gary Goodhew series, and I’m not inclined to pick up the first unless I get desperate for reading material. The story begins with the discovery of a car in the Mediterranean sea, containing the body of Nick. Kimberly and Rachel are shocked by the news, and it’s pretty obvious one of them is involved somehow. Goodhew gets involved when a house fire kills Rachel and Kimberly’s son disappears. Kimberly is desperate yet uncooperative. Goodhew and his partner, Kincaide, whom he dislikes, try to crack the mystery behind the fire and find Kimberly’s son. Meanwhile, there’s some drama with a female in the department who rather likes Goodhew but had a fling with Kincaide.

I’ve read better police procedurals. I just couldn’t bring myself to care about Kimberly or the department intrigue. Goodhew was fine, but didn’t stand out among British detectives. The personal drama was annoyingly intrusive. The mother of a missing child should be at least a bit sympathetic, but Kimberly got on my nerves.

Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title courtesy of the publisher.