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Child’s Play (DCI McKenna Book 5)

By Alison Taylor

Surrounded by dense, dark woodland, the Hermitage is an exclusive school for girls. 

One balmy summer’s night, Sukie Melville leaves her room and vanishes into the woods. The following day her body is pulled from the waters of the Menai Strait.

When Superintendent Michael McKenna and his team move in to investigate the death, the school’s charismatic headmistress insists it was suicide – but McKenna isn’t so sure. With the truth inextricably bound up in the secrets and lies of the young girls, the investigation soon proves to be as labyrinthine as the woods surrounding the school.

Scratching the glossy surface, McKenna uncovers a dark and dangerous ethos underpinning the school. Nothing in that hotbed of passionate, brooding resentments is what it seems, and no one can be trusted…

Alison Taylor has lived in North Wales for many years. She held senior childcare posts with the former Gwynedd County Council. She has been instrumental in exposing institutional child abuse, and in 1996 won the Campaign for Freedom of Information Award in this area. Her other books include ‘The House of Women’ and ‘Unsafe Convictions’.

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