A woman uploads her DNA online, searching for her father—but the man who contacts her is Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens. From the acclaimed author of Little Sister, this endlessly twisty crime novel asks: What might a family do to protect or expose a serial killer in its midst?
When the police found the first body, left on a bonfire in the forest, they worried it had the hallmarks of a serial killer.
Now, as they find the second, they know for sure.
Panic about the “Bonfire Killer” quickly spreads through the sedate suburban area of Southampton. Women are urged not to travel alone at night, and constant vigilance is encouraged among the local residents. But single mom Aisling Cooley has a lot to distract her: two beloved teenage sons and a quest to find her long-lost father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was a teenager.
After much debate, she decides to upload her DNA to an ancestry website. When she gets a match she is filled with an anxious excitement that her questions about her father’s disappearance from her life might finally be answered.
But to her horror, it’s not her father who’s found her. It’s a detective.
And they say her DNA is a close match for the Bonfire Killer. . . .
About the Author
Gytha Lodge is the author of She Lies in Wait, Watching from the Dark, Lie Beside Me, and Little Sister. She studied English at Cambridge University and received an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia.
Praise for A Killer in the Family
“A darkly deceptive, twisting, masterful mystery. Gytha Lodge should be on every crime fiction fan’s must read list.”—Chris Whitaker
“Ancestry searches can bring families together, or reveal long-buried secrets, as Irish single mother Aisling Cooley learns all too well in the riveting latest from Lodge . . . . Heartfelt family drama and thundering suspense elevate the ripped-from-the-headlines plot. This continues Lodge’s winning streak.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Gytha Lodge
“Gytha Lodge is a consummate storyteller.”—Erin Kelly
“Literally makes you hold your breath, then gasp out loud.”—Val McDermid, on She Lies in Wait
“A dark, deep, terrific thriller.”—Nicci French, on She Lies in Wait
“Edge-of-the-seat suspense to the final scene.”—Jeffery Deaver, on She Lies in Wait