This excellent novel combines facets of crime and horror. It opens with a couple of Colchester builders making an incredibly grim discovery: a cage made of bones containing a feral child, in a house marked for demolition. From here, DI Phil Brennan is tasked with discovering the true nature of the situation. Working with his partner psychologist Marina Esposito, he uncovers a killer who has been working undetected for 30 years. He later finds himself linked to the case via an unremembered past, and it’s a race against time to break a conspiracy encompassing soulless predators more evil than any they’ve faced before. With a growing sense of unease, urgency and expediency oozing from every page, Cage Of Bones is one of the most gripping and entertaining reads of 2011.