Skip to content

Watch Her Disappear by Eva Dolan

January 24, 2017


The body is found by the river, near a spot popular with runners.

With a serial rapist at work in the area, DI Zigic and DS Ferreira are initially confused when the Hate Crimes Unit is summoned to the scene. Until they discover that the victim, Corinne Sawyer, was born Colin Sawyer.
Police records reveal there have been violent attacks on trans women in the local area. Was Corinne a victim of mistaken identity? Or has the person who has been targeting trans women stepped up their campaign of violence? With tensions running high, and the force coming under national scrutiny, this is a complex case and any mistake made could be fatal.

This is the 4th Zigic and Ferreira novel, books which focus on cases dealt with by the Hate Crimes Unit in Peterborough. While Zigic is concerned with the impact that a new baby is having on his sleeping patterns, Ferreira is avoiding unnecessary personal intimacy by having casual sex with someone she should know better than to be with. But these personal issues serve to give depth and characterisation to two already well fleshed out detectives, whose personalities and approach to the job have been developing with every book.

The crime this time is against a transgender woman, found murdered on a lonely path. Is this the culmination of a series of attacks on trans women? Or is the answer to be found in the murdered woman’s personal life? For DI Zigic and DS Ferreira gaining the trust of the transgender community is essential, but they are battling against distrust of the police, antediluvian attitudes within the force and prejudice on all fronts.

Always an intelligent writer, Dolan’s work flows impressively. Her characters are entirely believeable, her plotting flawless and her writing is exceptional.

I loved reading this because the characters were both plausible and engaging. The plot is riveting and the denouement completely true to the book.

Dolan is a writer of great talent. Any new book from her should be snapped up straight away.

Watch Her Disappear is published by RandomHouse U.K. Vintage Publishing on 26 January 2017.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Steph's Book Blog

Read a Book - Be Amazed - Tell the World

BRMaycock's Book Blog

Adding to the lighter side of your TBR pile :)

A scribble, a lens, and a listening device into a strange and curious being.

The Chocolate Lady's Book Review Blog

For book reviews of mostly adult, literary, contemporary, historical, and women's fiction.

The Bibliovert

Book Reviews, Recommendations and More

Cal Turner Reviews

Living life one book at a time...

Baker's Not So Secret Blog

Book reviews and more

Teapot Tucker

A Book and a Brew Will See You Through


Lover of books and book reviewer. Usually found curled up with a book.

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

The Bibliofile

Book Reviews, Books, Bestsellers, Literary Fiction

Liz Loves Books

The Wonderful World of Reading

Daily (w)rite

For lovers of reading, writing, travel, humanity

Being Anne...

Books, travel, and other things that make life interesting

Books in my Handbag Blog

"I love your book blog and am honoured to be there amongst such class" - Carol Drinkwater, Apr 2017

Short Book and Scribes

To the point book reviews and other bookish stuff

Bucks, Books & Beyond

This blog is for me to share with you where books have taken me recently.

%d bloggers like this: