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Genre: Crime fiction, police procedural

Stars: 5

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon.com


The Blurb:

Bampton, Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later: Sophie Jenkins’s mother commits suicide.

Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her and move on with her life. But news of the suicide re-opens old wounds and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.

This is a story about loss and family secrets, and how often the very darkest secrets are those that are closest to you.


My Review:

Well-written and compelling crime fiction, this is a novel filled with well-drawn characters and a great setting.

The mother of a kidnap victim that was never found commits suicide and her death drags up the cold case from the late 70s, while local genealogist and kidnap escapee, Rachel Jones, unravels her own lost memory of events…

Disturbing but well-plotted, absorbing, and pacy, with wonderful characterisation, this is a brilliant police procedural. Highly recommended.