In A Dark House

In A Dark House

[a Novel]

Book - 2004
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Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James return in a chilling and suspenseful tale of murder, kidnapping, madness, and the frightening ordeal of a helpless child, the latest masterwork of crime fiction from New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Deborah Crombie ...

An abandoned warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal abuse, an apparent case of arson. But it is the charred corpse within -- a female body burned beyond all recognition -- combined with the political sensitivity of the case, that entangles Superintendent Duncan Kincaid in its twisted skein.

At the same time, Kincaid's lover and former partner, Gemma James, is coping with twin crises of her own, one personal and the other professional. Gemma must put her private concerns aside to investigate the disappearance of a hospital administrator, a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who vanished without a trace. Yet neither Gemma nor Kincaid realizes how closely their cases are connected -- or how important the resolutions will be for a young child who was a victim of parental abduction.

In an old, dark, rambling house, nine-year-old Harriet worries about her feuding mum and dad, her friends, her schoolwork. Most of all, she worries about the strange woman who is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place. The events that led her there happened too quickly and are too complicated for a child to fully comprehend. But despite her youth and innocence, Harriet's awful fears will not be silenced: that she may never see her parents again ... and that her own life is in serious peril.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060525255
0060525258
9780060525262
0060525266
Branch Call Number: CROM 22
Characteristics: 382 p. : map

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rb3221 Nov 21, 2017

Two separate stories merge, one of a suspicious fire with a charred body and the other of a kidnapped young girl. Good character development of Kincaid and James. The custody battle of Kit is finally resolved or is it? There may be a few too many characters as it sometimes was difficult to keep track of all of them.The several twists and plot lines made this a very good and thoroughly enjoyable read.

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lpreston214
Apr 19, 2013

One of the better in this series from a mystery standpoint. Lots of seemingly unrelated things going on that all come together at the end. Not too much to advance the overall story arc with the characters. I can't believe, no matter what was going on, that Duncan would miss Kit's hearing! Oh well, conflict pushes the story along.

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