The family at the house have spent years not really talking about the important things in life, and it seems as though they will continue to do so, particularly in the case of the missing child. Laurence gets to know the family but is increasingly convinced that there is more than one secret to be uncovered. And then a body of a woman is found in the small family church.
I like the character of Bartram. A flawed hero, a wee bit po-faced, but dogged, and therefore right for the job of unearthing several truths. The book has that "just one more chapter" quality, and indeed around half way through there is a bit of a shock that makes the need to get to the end even more urgent.
Describing WW1 veterans and their coping mechanisms after the Great War has been well handled, and this a well researched book, certainly one worth reading. Recommended.