They are called the 'special girls.' How are they special and why are they chosen?
A doctor is found beaten to death in woods close to a summer camp for young women with eating disorders. The camp is run by the charismatic Professor Chesham. DI Grace Fisher is called in, but is quickly pulled from the investigation - to head up a cold case inquiry involving Chesham himself.
Some years earlier, one of Cheshem's patients made allegations that he sexually assaulted her.
As Grace uncovers the 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.
The Special Girls by Isabelle Grey is a very current read. Her book deals with very emotive themes, especially focusing on historic child abuse. The harrowing, sad fact is that there are people out there who do get away with these heinous crimes which has become all too apparent in the world today. And some even take their secrets to their graves.
DI Grace Fisher of the Essex police force is called in when the body of Tim Merrick, a psychiatric registrar is discovered in a wooded area near a camping site used by the hospital he works for. Every year, Tim Merrick’s boss, Ned Chesham, takes a group of young girls to the camping site; the young girls who he is trying to help are suffering from anorexia and eating disorders. A short while after the body of Tim Merrick has been found Grace is called in by the Met to head up a team investigating historical sex abuse which could be linked to her current case. But when the Met appear to brush the results of the investigation under the carpet Grace is determined to get to the bottom of the allegations, no matter what it might cost her.
The Special Girls is the first book by Isabelle Grey which I have read and it certainly won’t be my last. Isabelle’s writing is highly addictive; I found the scenes in which her writing shone was the police interview scenes. The action here is in the dialogue and Isabelle writes this really well, I could feel the tension of the officers who were asking the questions.
I enjoyed reading about the relationship that Grace has with her colleagues. I don’t want to say any more about the plot as I don’t want to spoil the story but I thought her relationship with one other police officer in particular was very well done.
I’ll definitely be catching up on the first two books in the series and I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next one. If you’re looking for an exciting new crime series with very addictive writing then I highly recommend Isabelle Grey.
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Print length: 384 pages