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June 9, 2017

The Special Girls By Isabelle Grey

Di Grace Fisher No. 3

Published By Quercus

Hardback Amazon £18.94

Who are the special girls? Are they victims or merely troublesome? 

A young psychiatric registar is found beaten to death in woods close to a summer camp for young patients suffering from eating disorders. It is run by the charismatic Professor world-renowned  professor Ned Chesham. DI Grace Fisher investigates. But it is not long before she is pulled from the case to head up a metropolitan Police review into a cold case inquiry involving Chesham himself.

Nearly twenty years earlier, one of Chesham’s patients made allegations that he sexually assaulted her. The investigation at the time found no conclusive proof, but Grace soon discovers another victim, and witness whose shocking account never reached the police.  Does this mean the original investigation was wrapped up too soon?  Scotland Yard would certainly prefer  Grace to make it all go away.

As Grace uncovers the secrets and lies that led to the doctor’s murder, she discovers the full extent of the damage done to the special girls – and the danger they are still in.


What stands out is how the author Isabelle Grey has written this story with an exceptional suspense. I enjoyed reading every page that was full of suspicion.
Twenty eight year old doctor Tim Merrick was young, polite, helpful and this was his first time at summer camp, with eight young girls with that all have eating disorders. Anorexia mainly. Toby Thomas was walking his dog when his dog Daisy found a dead body. The ugly scene looked liked someone may have hit Tim Merrick on the head and in face once he was on the ground. It paints a tale of real fear as it looked like his injuries were probably inflicted by a blood stained rock that was found near the scene. So many questions build up. Did Tim have any problems with anyone?  Had he arranged to meet someone? This is a baffling horrific crime for the police and they are going to question everyone at the summer camp including the eight girls, however unlikely it would be one of them was a killer. The law is the law and everyone needs to be questioned each in turn would have to be scrupulously ruled out as suspect.  At a time like this when crime fiction has become one of the top-selling categories I have found that this book has an unputdownable offering that is why I completely highly recommend readers buying The special Girls.



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