The Suffering Of Strangers by Caro Ramsay – Review.

About The Book

DI Costello faces a disturbing child abduction case; a six-week-old has been stolen and replaced with another baby. The swap took cold and meticulous planning, so Costello treads the seedy, Glaswegian backstreets for answers. She’s convinced that more than one young life is at stake.

Promoted into the Cold Case Unit, Colin Anderson reviews the unsolved rape of a young mother, whose attacker is still out there. Each case pulls Anderson and Costello in the same direction and, as their paths keep crossing, they begin to suspect their separate cases are dangerously entwined.

My Review

I decided to read this novel after reading a chapter of book ten in the series, The Sideman and not really understanding the storyline. Whilst some detective series novels can be read as a stand-alone my feeling is that the books in the series are all linked. With the characters personal lives as well as the cases.

It was no hardship, this was a novel that I enjoyed a lot. A brilliant team, especially Costello, who has a fantastic personality and wasn’t prepared to be ignored or ridiculed by anybody. Anderson, I found it more difficult to warm to at first, probably with not really understanding his personal circumstances. I also enjoyed the camaraderie between Wyngate and Mulholland.

The case which made me pick this book up wasn’t the main case in this book. That does feature more as the novel progresses but most of the novel concerns a baby swap. This was chilling, more so because I believed every word.  Not just the case it’s self, but because it highlighted how the lack of funding caused failures in the police and social services.

Brilliant stuff, this is a series I am determined to catch up on. In order. 

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