I don't normally read thrillers but this one was gripping from start to finish.
Tora Hamilton, a consultant obstetrician, has recently moved to the remote Shetland Islands to be with her husband, Duncan, a Shetlander by birth. One afternoon, she discovers the body of a woman who had recently given birth. The body has been mutilated, but perfectly preserved, in the peat. Determined to discover the woman's identity, Tora uses her position at the hospital to uncover information denied to the police, putting herself in danger. Delving deeper into the dark history of the islands, Tora learns about old secrets and discovers that Shetland can be a very dangerous place for healthy women of childbearing age.
The plot uses the scary island folklore and modern forensics to create a slightly disturbing but not too gruesome story which was totally gripping.