Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child.
My Review: I love police procedurals and crime thrillers but don’t tend to read many with a main character who is a female and I don’t think that is going to be changing anytime soon. Overall I enjoyed this book but I found it hard to warm to Charlie, she just didn’t come across as realistic to me.
There’s a very diverse cast of characters in the story but the focus was on Charlie and her boss Hunter. They appeared to be the only one’s really investigating the abductions and disappearances of mothers and children. The story really came to life when it was dealing with the scenes involving the murderer and those being kidnapped, the detail and description in those scenes made up for the slower parts of the story.
The last part of the book was, in my opinion, by far the best part, the tension was there, there were red herrings and genuine fear and danger for many including Charlie. I didn’t suspect the ending or guess the killer prior to the reveal. The resolution of the case was cleverly done and the endings were tied up neatly so I wasn’t left wondering what happened to certain people.
For a debut novel it’s a good one, though I hope the characters gain more depth and realism in future books. Despite my comments above I did find it an easy read, I read it in 2 days which is the sign of a good book for me. The story was easy to follow, the number of characters, both police and civilian, never got confusing which was a huge plus given how much happened in the book.
Definitely worth a go if you like police procedurals and serial killers.
About the author:
With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.