With everything to live for, wealthy cosmetic entrepreneur Anneka Morton is on the cusp of launching a brand-new range of products… but her husband reports her missing just days before the launch party.
When intrepid Detective Inspector Miranda Carr arrives at the crime scene, the clues indicate that Anneka was abducted from her own home. Without a body, she suspects foul play from a cosmetics competitor. However, DI Carr’s case gets turned on its head when Anneka’s body is found, and the last person Miranda suspected goes on the run.
Miranda hops on a plane to Portugal with her boss, DCI Caroline Gordon, and enters into a joint covert operation with Interpol to arrest and extradite Anneka’s murderer.
After two detectives are suspended, the Met is forced to return to all the cases the partners investigated. The cold case of a missing university student, Noelle Chesterfield lands on DS Lorne Warner’s desk.
Because Noelle was working her way through school as a pole dancer, Lorne and her partner DI Katy Foster find themselves with plenty of suspects on their radar. However, when the leads run dry, they call in the services of an unusual ally to find the missing student and give her devastated family some peace.
Caught in an abusive marriage, Jenny Slater desperately hopes there is more to life than the lies she tells to hide the bruises. Her three children have no idea their father is a monster, and Jenny struggles with the decision to tell them of her torment, which she can no longer bear alone.
Jenny’s pen pal in the States is the only person aware of the truth. When Helen pleads with her to visit, Jenny is undecided about leaving England when her family is at odds. However, when a letter from a mysterious source arrives, seeking Jenny’s help, she flies to the States. Her attempts to save another trapped soul only entangle her in another manipulative relationship.