When the Dead Cry Out

When the Dead Cry Out

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From a former Fleet Street journalist and an accomplished British suspense writer comes a complex puzzle wrapped in a plot that could almost be ripped from contemporary U.S. headlines. Imagine what would happen if a vanished woman's body lay underwater for almost three decades, the police unable to charge her guilty-as-sin husband until her remains are finally discovered by pure chance...

27 years ago, Clara Marshall and her two young children vanished without a trace. In the face of intense scrutiny, her estranged husband claimed she was having an affair and had left him, taking the children and destroying the family forever. Though police and the community remain suspicious, no evidence ever surfaces to prove he's lying, and his wife and children are never found--alive or dead. Until now, that is--when some unidentified skeletal remains are discovered wrapped in a tarp on the bottom of the ocean, reporter John Kelly and Detective Inspector Karen Meadows, each intimately connected to the events of so long ago, suspect that the final resting place of Clara Marshall has finally been found. But many questions are left to be answered--just what happened to the children?--and the decades-old evidence trail is growing colder by the minute.

Overflowing with page-turning suspense and an engrossing plot inspired by a terrifying true story, When the Dead Cry Out is the triumphant American debut of talented crime writer Hilary Bonner.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005, c2003.
ISBN: 9780312339463
0312339461
Branch Call Number: BONNE
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 22 cm.

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DeltaQueen50
May 11, 2011

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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