Sir Dan Blackwater, well known businessman and philanthropist is found dead one morning. Pinned to the kitchen table with butcher's knives, he has been castrated in what looks like a gruesome act of revenge. The only other person on the scene is his own PA, Sheena. But when DCI Charlie Trench brings her in for questioning, he discovers that she can't remember a thing about the events of last night - the shock seems to have caused her to lose her memory.
It is a ferociously stormy night on the Island when 15-year-old Suzie is brutally stabbed to death. She is discovered by locals, held in the blood-smeared arms of Olly Matken, a schizophrenic teenager. “I didn't hurt her!” he says. “All I did was protect her from the devil.” When psychologist Karen Taylor sees DCI Charlie Trench's name flash up on her mobile phone, she knows that she ought to ignore the call, but curiosity sends her headlong into a troubling case. Karen must decide; is Olly capable of murder? His psychologist doesn't think so....
Five years ago Randall Gyre was convicted of the brutal rape of a young student, Lizzie Fane, on the Isle of Wight. Handsome, rich, slick-talking, Gyre had avoided prison for years before that, despite a string of accusations. Forensic psychologist Karen Taylor is certain that Gyre will attack again, and this time he will probably kill. She’s prepared to stake everything to protect Lizzie and any future victims. But Lizzie has vanished. Karen believes everyone involved in putting Gyre away could be at risk.
Spike Falconer is in prison on the Isle of Wight – convicted of murder. What made him choose an innocent family as his victims? Why did he need to kill? Forensic psychologist Karen Taylor comes to probe the mind of this psychopath. Trying to recover from the death of her husband, Karen is drawn into life on the Island. She becomes involved with the abrasive DCI Charlie Trench. And she has to get to know Spike's adoptive family, the rich and influential Falconers, who are closing ranks.