When the bones of a child are found on the Saltmarsh in Norfolk, the police call in forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway to exhume the body and investigate. Are they ancient bones, linked to the henge that was once submerged on the marsh, or could they be the bones of a girl who disappeared ten years ago? As Ruth and DCI Harry Nelson investigate, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want them to find out the truth.
Ruth is a complex character. While confident in her career, she is insecure and constantly criticising her own weight, snarkily comparing herself to other women. She is fragile, but comfortable in her solitude. But there’s something about DCI Nelson that keeps getting under her skin.
Griffiths writing is engaging, peppered with historical facts that never feel laboured or like a lesson. The story, with so many players, is exciting with the last 70 or so pages rushing furiously to a brilliant conclusion. The Norfolk landscape is brought to life through her effusive descriptions.
Griffiths makes a great start to a fantastic series in The Crossing Places, a blend of archaeology, ancient history, passions and murder.
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Thank you to Quercus for sending me the entire Ruth Galloway series to read.