How do you find a missing child when his mother doesn’t believe you have the right to even exist?
When Detective Inspector Roger Bailley returns to work as Robyn, all she wants is to get on with the job she loves while finally being herself.
When toddler Ben Chivers is snatched from a shopping centre on her first day back to work, Robyn has to find Ben – and herself – as she deals with the reactions of her police colleagues, the media and her own daughter.
What a great book, when Robyn returns to work her discomfort is palpable, following a period of 2 weeks leave Roger returns to work as Robyn, living as a female and taking the first brave steps towards transitioning from male to female. Self conscious and hyper sensitive to the reactions of others she is greeted with a high profile case of a child being taken in a shopping centre.
This is the first book in the DI Robyn Bailley series and the author has created a likeable protagonist who I am keen to see more of. The character of Robyn was well developed although the focus was on her current situation, with some detail of her past offered. We met her team and overtime in this series I am looking forward to becoming more familiar with this group of detectives. This book successfully combined a strong crime plot with the personal circumstances of Robyn. Told over the course of 8 days we follow the investigation and various leads, plus gain an appreciation for the competing pressures of policing. Within this we follow Robyn from her first returning to work and gauging her colleagues reaction through the course of the next week. I felt great sympathy for this character as she experienced a range of reactions from sniggering and whispering through to outward discrimination and hate crime. This was all dealt with sympathetically by the author and I felt the determination of Robyn was portrayed well and reflected the time spent for Robyn reaching her decision and her appreciation of the impact on others. As the book progressed I felt Robyn’s confidence grow, as an experienced and well thought of Detective Inspector and while that hadn’t changed, at the same time everything had changed for Robyn at least.
A great new crime series with a strong lead character. Furthermore a book that brings transgender issues to the fore in a helpful, non discriminatory way. Recommended reading from me!
About the Author
After nearly twenty years of being a committed corporate person, Alex Clare was made redundant. She had always enjoyed writing, studying fiction part-time through the Open University eventually managing to complete a novel in her commuting time. Inspiration came from watching Parliament debate the Equal Marriage Act in 2013. Astounded by the intensity of the feeling generated, she created a fictional world to explore some of the issues and attitudes.