The Lost by Simon Beckett – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

A MISSING CHILD

Ten years ago, the disappearance of firearms police officer Jonah Colley’s young son almost destroyed him.

A GRUESOME DISCOVERY

A plea for help from an old friend leads Jonah to Slaughter Quay, and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor.

A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH


Under suspicion himself, he uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew – forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago…Read less

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. I read a standalone novel by Simon Beckett a few years ago and told myself at the time I needed to read his series of books that featured David Hunter. As usual, I failed to do that but I’m happy that I have a new series to get stuck into. And going off this book it is a series I’m sure I will enjoy a lot. 

Jonah is a firearms officer, like many others he has a terrible personal life, but his is more tragic than most. Ten years ago, his four year old son disappeared when he took him to the local park, resulting in the breakdown of his marriage to Chrissie and losing touch with his best friend, Gavin. But after years of silence Gavin needs his help and after going against his better judgement he goes to his aid. As you would expect, this doesn’t go to plan and his personal situation deteriorates even other.

I thought this book would be like many other police procedurals that I read but it is completely different. You don’t get to see Jonah as a police officer, instead you see him as a father still grieving over the disappearance of his son and who is now a suspect in a murder investigation. There are some unlikeable characters, mainly his ex wife, and a few I want to know more about. Fletcher is definitely one who I hope will be a returning character, I want to know more about his past and for him to respect Jonah. 

Jonah was a character I liked a lot. His honesty, his self imposed isolation, his way of coping with danger, especially from a local gang, his determination to help despite what had occurred in the past and the pain he endured by doing so. I also smiled when reading a lesser character’s view of Chrissie (mine was similar)

I enjoyed this introduction to Jonah, I am looking forward to reading book two, just slightly intrigued over what way it will go with the ending. Hope I don’t have to wait long to find out.

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