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The Dead Ground by Claire McGowan

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The subject matter of this, both in the main and subplots, is babies, born and unborn, dead or alive, missing or found so if you are sensitive in that area stay clear of this. It is obvious from the start that pregnant women are being targeted and our protagonist, Paula Maguire, also pregnant, tackles her second case. Set in a small Irish community just north of the border, it gives the reader a good flavour of the cultural and religious beliefs of rural Ireland, especially on the emotive subject of abortion. It is very good.

If you like Claire McGowan you might also like to read books by Barbara Vine, Tana French and Nicci French.


The Dead Ground by Claire McGowan

A month before Christmas, and Ballyterrin on the Irish border lies under a thick pall of snow. When a newborn baby goes missing from hospital, it's all too close to home for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, who's wrestling with the hardest decision of her life. Then a woman is found in a stone circle with her stomach cut open and it's clear a brutal killer is on the loose. As another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula is caught up in the hunt for a killer no one can trace, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. The Dead Ground will leave you gasping for breath as Paula discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death...

About the Author

Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After completing a degree in English and French from Oxford University she moved to London and worked in the charity sector. She is currently the Director of the Crime Writer's Association. The Fall is her first novel.

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30th November 1999


Claire McGowan

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