Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison. Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood.
When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted.
There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…
Kat's Rating: 5/5<BLOG_TOUR>
Kat's Review: I am thrilled that there is a new release in the Matilda Darke series and this latest release was every bit as good as I was hoping it would be. Matilda is such a likeable character and along with her colleagues DC Rory Fleming, DS Scott Andrews and DS Sian Mills they make a fabulous team. They all have their quirks and together they are a team I love reading about. Matilda has her own issues, one of which is the terrible case that haunts her where she failed to find young Carl Meagan. In this latest instalment, this case rears its ugly head once more. However, Matilda and the team have more pressing issues such as solving a murder that has happened at Starling House.
Starling House has become an unwanted presence in Sheffield as it houses the Country's most dangerous teenagers. When one of those boys is found dead it opens up the other 7 inmates as well as all the staff as potential suspects. This in itself opens up many more threads to a complex and darkly weaved tale that frankly was nothing short of excellent! There are selected chapters written from each boys point of view and I must say that they make for disturbing reads. However, it also manages to make you feel like nearly every inmate in Starling House was the murderer as well as a few others!
There were numerous threads that kept me hooked and the added element of Matilda's past cases keeping her in a state of suspended shock. She madly alternates between her grief and her mistakes all of which make for a character very much on the edge and risking everything to get results. The book is enticing and certainly enthralling and I can honestly say that I loved everything about this book. Matilda Darke (as well as her team) are becoming fast favourites for me and I cannot wait to see where else the series goes. Massively recommended for those that haven't tried out Michael Wood yet!