Kim and her team investigate the kidnapping of two little girls. Karen, the mother of one of the girls, was in foster care with Kim and has requested that Kim take on the case. The police set up their base in Karen’s luxury home and the four parents, who are friends, stay there for the duration of the case.
There are several threads to this story – the abduction of the girls, the history and complications between the parents, the history of the abductors, the interference of a reporter and a psychic, and the addition to Kim’s team of a negotiator and a behaviour specialist and the difficulties this brings.
All the elements come together to create a build up of tension, as things go from bad to worse to even worse. Kim shows her strength of character, dedication and leadership skills, and the members of her team are outstanding in working around the clock to try to secure the girls’ release.
A great thriller, well told. 5/5 stars.
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The story follows Jenna as she tries to put her life back together.
Jenna has run away after a terrible tragedy in which a young boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
She finds an isolated beach and rents a cottage in the middle of nowhere. Her only friends are the owner of the caravan park, Bethan, and the local vet, Patrick, but she doesn’t want to tell them anything about herself or the reasons why she is alone.
Meanwhile, the police are trying to track down the hit-and-run driver. Detective Ray Stevens, and his young sergeant Kate, are investigating. Ray is not getting on well with his wife, Mags, and the lines start getting blurred between him and Kate. They get nowhere with their investigations but Kate keeps the case open and pursues it in her ‘spare’ time. She will find a lead that takes them to where Jenna now lives.
In the second half of the book, we slowly learn the details of Jenna’s previous life.
The first half is a tad slow but it really picks up pace and complexity in the second half of the book. There is a twist in how the past and the present are mixed up and the way the characters are presented - of course I won’t reveal it, because it would totally spoil the ending. What I want to say is that I felt this aspect has been horribly overhyped, and the real power of the book comes way before the twist, and comes from real-life characters and the details of the story. A good read. Overall, 4/5 stars.
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