Beneath a quiet village, dark crimes lie buried.
When decomposed human remains are found out in a suitcase at the back of a locked door in the home of an elderly man, Detective Karen Hart thinks the facts speak for themselves. That may be, until she finds the warning: It’s time to pay for your crime.
The body belongs to a former teacher, Oliver Fox, who vanished from the village thirty years earlier. Hart’s instincts tell her there’s something untoward about this rural Lincolnshire community—especially when she uncovers evidence suggesting that, even though Fox was once a victim, he undoubtedly wasn’t innocent. As the extent of Fox’s crimes becomes apparent and the web of lies continues to get to the bottom of, almost no one in the village is above suspicion.
When there are whispers of child abuse in connection with the case, it’s clear any person is willing to do anything to keep the sinister truth buried. Can Hart find the culprit before more lives are lost?