How much would you pay to have your abducted child returned? Would that change if you realised that by paying a ranson, your daughter’s friend, a fellow abductee, would be killed? These are questions that DI Kim Stone has to come to terms with as she heads the investigation into the taking of two young friends, Charlie and Amy. What is more disconcerting, is that this is not the first time this has happened. The previous year, two other girls were abducted, one of them never to return. DI Stone is determined that history is not going to repeat itself, vowing to bring both girls home safely…
To confuse issues further, Kim is an aquaintance of one of the girls’ mothers, stirring up memories of her time in the care system as a child. This, teamed with other revelations in the book, means that Kim and her team are treading on eggshells throughout the investigation as they try to find the culprits before the inevitable happens.
There is a running theme throughout the book concerning the love of a parent (or carer) for their child as opposed to the sheer bloodlust we experience from the character we become to know as Symes. Also, it soon becomes apparent after an incident outside the ‘war room’ that one of the members of Kim’s team is not all they seem. Throughout the book, I found myself looking for telltale clues but Marsons succeeds in keeping this well hidden and the reveal is a genuine surprise.
This is the first time I have read an Angela Marsons book but it definitely won’t be the last. If you enjoy a fast-paced, tense thriller that has you on the edge of your seat, this is the book for you!