Michael Joseph 14th June 2018
Eva Dunbar wakes in a large metal box.
She has no idea who has taken her.
She has no way out.
Eva isn’t the first young woman to disappear.
Detective Ian Bradshaw has no leads –
and precious little time.
When at last a body is found, the police hope
the tragic discovery might at least provide a clue
that will help them finally find the kidnapper.
But then they identify the body – and realize the
case is more twisted than they ever imagined…
Well, first what a great name for a book! I was invited to be on this blog tour so effectively became, ‘a chosen one’, and I was mightily pleased about it too. But as a fan of crime fiction I knew the Chosen Ones in this book were going to be somewhat less fortunate than me!
I hadn’t realised this book was a part of a series, the fourth to be precise and to be honest it didn’t matter at all, this book read very well as a standalone book. Tom Carney and Helen Norton are freelance reporters who Detective Ian Bradshaw has called upon to assist the stretched Durham Constabulary on a case he is working on investigating a number of missing women. Tom and Ian went to school together and Tom and Helen are business partners. The trio work well together and these 3 main characters are likeable and plausible with Ian leading on any police work and Helen and Tom supporting him with any leads and information gathering. This dynamic worked well and while the author was able to include some police procedural aspects this book was focussed on the development of the investigation and the pursuit of leads. Although this is the fourth in the series the characters were developed well in this book, clearly identifiable and with their own back stories. These back stories were well utilised to add depth to the story and personality to the characters and I liked this.
The book itself is written in the third person narrative and made up of short chapters tracking the investigation. Interspersed are several other aspects of the story – the current victim – Eva Dunbar incarcerated by a masked captor who feeds her and allows her to shower but gives no indication for her confinement, plus the assumed perpetrator features in their own chapters dating back 40 plus years and thus giving the reader some insight into the creation and motivation of the villain.
The story is gripping and easy to follow. The ending, and by this I mean the last 50 pages successfully introduces some tension as part of a thrilling conclusion and I would suggest if possible trying to read this last part all in one go to maintain the momentum. A great piece of crime fiction with some sinister and creepy undertones – definitely worth reading!
This is a blog tour so thank you to Sriya at Michael Joseph for inviting me to be part of this and do check out the rest of the tour –