The Suffering of Strangers

When a six-week-old baby is stolen from outside a village shop, Detective Inspector Costello quickly surmises there’s more to this case than meets the eye. As she questions those involved, she uncovers evidence that suggests this was no impulsive act, as the police initially asssmued, but something cold, logical, meticulously planned. Who has taken Baby Sholto – and why?

DCI Colin Anderson meanwhile is on the Cold Case Unit, reviewing the unsolved rape of a young mother back in 1996. Convinced this wasn’t the first – or last – time the attacker struck, Anderson looks for a pattern. But when he does find a connection, it reaches back into his own past…


‘In what may well be her best book yet in the Anderson and Costello cop series, Ramsay offers up a cracking plot, disturbing and unexpected twists, flawed yet compelling characters, and an unsettling conclusion in this story about all the bad things that can happen to children. A taut, shattering, mesmerizing page-turner that definitely kicks this series up several notches.’ Booklist starred review