ABOUT THE BOOK
The dead cannot speak.
A body is found hanging from a tree in Cambridgeshire, a note attached saying ‘The dead cannot speak’. It’s impossible to say whether it was murder or suicide – was Lukas silenced, or driven to end his own life? And either way, who is responsible?
But they still have a story to tell.
DI Manon Bradshaw is assigned to investigate, but local tensions are running high and it becomes increasingly difficult for her to untangle what happened. Are others in danger, and will solving the puzzle of Lukas’ death help to save them?
This is the third book in the DI Manon Bradshaw series but my first. The story begins when Bradshaw is taking her two-year-old son for a walk in the park and discovers a man hanging from a tree. The note makes it unclear whether it is suicide or murder. All the note says is ‘The Dead Cannot Speak’.
It is clear that Bradshaw is feeling pretty washed out, middle-aged, having a young son and a teenager, dealing with her husband’s illness and continuing working, be it on cold cases. That was until now. Now Bradshaw is put as the lead in solving what has happened to the dead man, an immigrant called Lukas.
The story drops back to follow how he and his best friend on how they came to leave the home town that held no real future for them in Lithuania and head for the UK. The horrors of falling for the sweet talk of a ruthless gang promising wealth and opportunity. What they got was their passports taken from them, told they owed huge debits and enforced to living in disgusting conditions, little food and long hours doing work no-one else wanted. The pair, along with their housemates were forced to catch chickens with no protection or thought of their well being. People fell ill and simply disappeared. Leaving wasn’t an option. Leave and your family gets a visit.
This is a gritty hard-hitting story that you just know goes on all over the country. It is big business that keeps migrants as slaves like hamsters in a wheel that they can’t get off. The migrants are hated as locals protest about them taking over the areas they live in, bringing house prices tumbling. It seems that everyone wants to get on the bandwagon and have a chunk of them. The migrants are living in misery.
It is not all doom and gloom as Bradshaw certainly has her moments. She is witty with her one-liners and had the ability to make me laugh with her look on life and what to do about it.
A very well written hard-hitting story that left me feeling quite helpless.
I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m the author of three novels and have just finished my fourth – yes, Manon Bradshaw will be back in 2020.
My second novel, a literary crime novel called Missing, Presumed was chosen for Richard & Judy’s book club and was one of 2016’s bestsellers. It has, to date, sold more than 250,000 copies and won a Nielsen silver bestseller award. It was shortlisted for the Theakston’s crime novel of the year, picked by the Wall Street Journal for its top ten mysteries of the year, and was selected as a Guardian book of the year by Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent. Missing, Presumed introduces detective Manon Bradshaw, who returns in the sequel, Sunday Times bestseller Persons Unknown. This novel was also shortlisted for crime novel of the year by Theakstons. The third in the Manon Bradshaw series is on its way.
My first novel, Homecoming, is a family saga set on a sheep farm in north Yorkshire and is not a crime novel.
Before writing novels, I was a Guardian journalist. I was a journalist for 20 years and on the Guardian’s staff for more than ten years. I grew up in London and studied English at uni. I live in London with my husband and two children.