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Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. When Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, DCI Louisa Smith is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long.
Was she abducted or did she run away?

As Lou and her team delve deeper into Scarlett’s past, their investigation throws up more questions than it answers. But as they edge closer to discovering what really went on behind closed doors, the truth is more sinister and disturbing than they had ever imagined.

From the bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner comes an unsettling and compulsively readable novel that will keep you under its spell until the very last page.


Harrowing... Vivid, unsparing prose...helps make this a haunting, highly disturbing mystery.
Publishers Weekly
An involving police procedural with a protagonist who agonizes about maintaining both a committed personal relationship and a demanding career.
Haynes pulls no punches...the skillful police work and superb ending make the reading truly worthwhile. Mystery readers will want more Haynes!
Library Journal
Intensely evocative, you can almost smell the police and interview rooms . . . authentic, gripping and all-consuming
Daily Mail
Elizabeth Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time
Sophie Hannah
I never wanted to stop reading; both Scarlett's story and the developing relationships within the major incident team are gripping stuff
Mystery People
The sprinkling of jet-black comedy and the authentic voice . . . keeps you going back for more
The Sun on Under a Silent Moon
Oozes authenticity
Daily Express on Under a Silent Moon
Had me hooked . . . I immediately wanted to turn back to the beginning and start reading again
Bookbag Blog on Under a Silent Moon
A brilliant gut-wrenching story that will play on your mind
The Sun
If Sophie Hannah looks over her shoulder, she'll see Haynes catching up fast, while picking up fans of the late Ruth Rendell along the way
Evening Telegraph

Detective Inspector Louisa Smith