The McGann brothers discover the head of a woman while cutting turf. The head belongs to a woman of centuries before. The local police then get called in. Cormac Maguire, an archaeologist as well as American pathologist, Nora Gavin gets called to the scene as well. They then make it their mission to find out what happened to this woman to suffer such as a brutal death.
Hugh Osborne’s (a local landowner) wife and two year old son have disappeared two years ago and without a trace. Garett Devaney, an ex-detective, quietly reopens the Osborne case. One by one deeper layers of secrets are revealed and past deaths could translate into future murders.
The story was quite complex as it had a number of subplots. But the author tells the story beautifully and never confused me as the reader. The characters were quite developed and all played an important role throughout the story.
Ireland gets beautifully described which makes me fall in love with the place as well as I could envision the place clearly with the way Hart describes it. The plot is quite good and believable.
As the story unfolds, we learn what happened to Hugh Osborne’s wife and son. I almost wished that the author could have written that part of the story differently but then I realised the novel would have been boring and lost the whole plot as well as it would not have been worth reading it. There is a part of the story that is very sad (it has something to do with Hugh’s nephew, cousin, wife and son but I am not giving away any spoilers) and I could connect to it emotionally. I really enjoyed reading this novel. Also it was my first Erin Hart novel.