I mistakenly thought that this second series was eight episodes long, but it is, in fact, six episodes.
To be honest, I think it could’ve done with those eight episodes because the plot is starting to become unwieldy and slightly confusing.
We have the murder of William Vaughan and his wife Madlen languishing in jail for a crime she quite obviously didn’t commit, you have the spectre of Gael Reardon hanging over everything (she’s putting the squeeze on Faith, she’s squeezing Evan every which way and Steve Baldini AND Breeze have their beady eyes on her, wanting to take her down), Shane Reardon now coming to the fore, all the shenanigans with Medwyn Croudace and HIS links to William Vaughan, and last week we were sneakily – almost quietly – presented another body had appeared in the dunes.
And we haven’t even mentioned Evan’s return to the family home.
It’s a lot to take in and a lot of figure out. So something to do with planning permission, and links back to Reardon.
It looks as though she’s behind the whole bally lot of it. Even the hit-and-run on Steve’s daughter.
A few things developed in this episode and it all seemed to revolve around Evan – that doe-eyed beefcake in which butter wouldn’t melt. But… he’s being squeezed by Breeze, and then the next thing you know he’s snogging Gael Reardon and then implicated in the ‘body in the dunes’ murder. By the end of the episode – just as Steve leaves Faith a message telling her that “Evan is more dangerous than they thought” – he sneaks into Faith’s room and looks for all the world that he’s going to smother her with a pillow after seeing her file and realising she’s closer to the truth than he realised. Instead he settles down beside her and falls asleep next to her for the first time since leaving the family.
But what is the truth?
Evan is obviously a shady character (he was seen in this episode sneaking around in his mother’s car with his young son in the back seat meeting both Breeze AND Reardon), but something Breeze told him might have hit harder than we realised: “Faith sold her soul to Reardon for you. But what have you done?”
I have a feeling he might take matters into his own hands next week.
Or Steve – who Evan had threatened to kill earlier in the episode if he laid another hand on his wife – may do the same.
We’ll have to wait and see.
READ MORE: Our episode one review
READ MORE: Our episode two review
READ MORE: Our episode three review
READ MORE: Our episode four review