The first in her Shetland Island thrillers, Cleeves’ story is dark and gripping. The isolation, small-town atmosphere and like of privacy on the tiny island add to the tense atmosphere and ominous air. Suspicion over the death of two local girls bounces from one resident to the other, though always circling to the grinning old man in the dilapidated house. A book as much about psychology and personality as it is about murder. Wonderful.