Christopher Masters, known as ‘The Roommate Killer’, strangled three women over a two-week period in a London house in November 2012. Holly Kemp, his fourth victim, was never found.
Her remains have been unearthed in a field in Cambridgeshire and DC Cat Kinsella and the major investigation team are called in, but immediately there are questions surrounding the manner of her death. And with Masters now dead, no one to answer them.
DCI Tessa Dyer, the lead on the 2012 case, lends the team a hand, as does DCI Steele’s old boss and mentor, the now retired Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Cairns.
With Masters dead, Cat and the team have to investigate every lead again.
Shed No Tears is the third book in the Cat Kinsella series, and carries on the series skillfully (read my reviews of books one and two)! In this instalment, Cat and the team are investigating a missing woman, Holly Kemp, from years ago, who is widely assumed to be the fourth victim of ‘The Roommate killer’ aka Christopher Masters, but whose body has never been found – until now. The team now needs to work out what exactly happened to Holly and whether she was indeed a victim of Masters’ or whether there was someone else responsible. The book delves into corruption, atonement, guilt and lots of secrets…
It’s a gripping story, with some complex parts to the storyline – lots of characters to remember – but it still remains readable. It’s quite long – I felt like some of it could have been cut back a little – but for me, it was still really entertaining and intriguing. There are twists along the way and we learn even more about Cat and her family drama, which I enjoyed, as well as her relationship…
Cat is, as always, a brilliant character and one the reader is always rooting for, hoping she’ll figure it all out. Shed No Tears avoids unnecessary drama but still manages to be gripping. I’d definitely recommend this novel – and of course the entire series (it’s worth starting right at the beginning with Sweet Little Lies if you’re new to the series, so you’re familiar with the nuances around Cat’s family and history).