The Janus Stone
By Elly Griffiths
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547577401, 352pp.)
Publication Date: January 2012
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In Elly Griffiths's second novel starring Ruth Galloway, the forensic anthropologist, now expecting a child, undertakes a battle of wits with a deadly nemesis . . . Her inner strength as she battles social stigma and the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy wonderfully complement the starkly wild Norfolk coast of England where Griffiths's novels are set. "USA Today"
It's only been a few months since forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing-child case, barely escaping with her life. But when constructions workers demolishing a large old mansion to make way for a new development uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway minus its skull Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?
When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer, it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to death.
Delightfully twisted . . . Griffiths is a talented writer and, like its predecessor "The Crossing Places," "The Janus Stone" exhibits her skill at character development and her ability to create a chilling and entirely believable story "Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Ruth's second appearance (The Crossing Places, 2009) is an enthralling page-turner that delights in complex characters." --Kirkus, STARRED review