1984: miner's strike; the suspicious death of a baby; a troubled housing estate; a reporter with some personal and emotional problems of her own.
Clare Jackson follows the story of the dead baby and finds herself entangled with the life of a neglected young girl who knows more about the baby's death than anyone realizes and whose lies cause more tragedies. Unable to keep herself from becoming too close to nine-year-old Amy, Clare also finds herself entangled with the possible connection to the strikers.
Clare is one of those characters that you want to reach in and shake. Clare's own troubled past is interfering with her ability to keep from becoming personally involved with her stories, and while I was able to sympathize with her situation, I was certainly frustrated by her blindness to the possibilities that all was not what it seemed.
Although Davenport only concentrates on a small segment of the striking minors, she provides a view of what life might have been like for the miners, their families, and the scabs who broke the picket lines.
Mystery. Oct. 1, 2014. Print length: 256 pages.