About the Book
Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.
Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases.
At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.
And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.
As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.
Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?
Despite not reading book one, I was instantly gripped by this novel and I connected with the characters immediately. Jess suffered a serious injury before this book begins and is desperate to return to work. Her relationship with her previous partner, Jamieson, is also damaged and she has a new partner Chan who is the flirt in the team. He tries to use his charms on every female he talks to. It’s not annoying, it is just a little lightheartedness and shows the differences between the team in the way they react to him. Apart from her injury and new partnership I didn’t notice any spoilers so I am happy to read the previous book soon.
I liked Jess a lot. She had a troubled family history, I hope that more will be revealed about this, either in the earlier book or in the books to come. She has a slightly dubious way of coping with things that are troubling her. Everybody in the team knows about it, frown upon it but let her get on with it. I admired her resolve, laughed at her put downs towards Chan and wished that she would let friends help her.
The storyline could be a tough one to read but the author does a brilliant job of making it acceptable rather than gratuitous. Parts of it made me emotional, parts of it made me angry. Parts of the storyline covered events that should never happen but do, repeatedly.
I am looking forward to reading more in this series, I liked the characters and want to see how they develop in future novels. And I want to see how they cope after the events in this book.