The disappearance of Clara Marshall and her two young daughters in the 1970’s has haunted the police for decades. DS Karen Meadows was thirteen at the time of the crime but feels a personal connection due to having lived next door to the Marshalls at the time. Through it all, the husband, Richard Marshall has declared his innocence. First swearing that Clara took the girls and left him, and later just by just keeping his silence and knowing that without a body there was little the police could do. Twenty-seven years later, human remains are found, it seems as if Richard Marshall will finally be brought to justice. But things don’t always work out as they are supposed to.
The story was straight forward enough, but the author chose to deepen our connection by showing how a crime of this nature can impact a community. We see how these disappearances affected people both close to the victims, like Clara’s father, as well as the casually connected like the girl’s school teacher. Even Karen herself has memories of this time that she has chosen not to reveal.
When The Dead Cry Out literally was one of those book that I couldn’t put down as I wanted to see what was going to happen next. Although there was little action involved, the author tells her story with incredible pacing, delving into the psychological motivations of all involved. I thought this was a well told story about the resurfacing of a horrendous crime and the repercussions that it brought with it.
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