Many thanks to Kim Nash and Bookouture for my spot on this Blog Tour
Missing child is the only trope which grips me by the throat and keeps me chained to the book. This story was no different, it allowed me to play detective, but the twists kept me so confused in a good way that I soon lost my badge trying to keep track of all the paths shown.
The story started with a mum Rachel and daughter Cassie carving the pumpkin and going to bed. The next morning, only was the pumpkin was left behind, mocking Rachel and NO CASSIE. Where could a five year old child have gone from the only home she knew? Cops were called, the estranged husband was suspected, the mother-in-law was arrested. Detective Rachel Hart took the reigns of this case and started her investigation.
My first book by author J. G. Roberts, a fun ride it was. I really tried to be one-up on the cops, but I soon failed. There were too many things popping up. Each chapter had its own suspect with their own evidence. Red herrings strategically placed were a delight.
It was obvious from the writing that this was Detective Rachel Hart’s first case with a missing child. Her personal life events were hinted at, there was a dark past which would probably be revealed in the next book. The parents had their own reasons for breakup which were revealed slowly along with the investigation.
There were a few niggles which traveled the periphery of my brain. The writing was a bit clunky at parts, the plot needed more layers. But being the author’s first book in this genre, I think all this would be dealt with in the second book.
Overall, a fast read.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Julia was born in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and began her career as a professional singer/dancer. This enabled her to travel the world in her late teens storing up experiences she has since included in her writing.
Following roles as a hostess on The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About ‘hit squad’ in the 1980s, she became a TV Presenter and filmed features for Sky Sports before launching the QVC shopping channel in 1993 where she still presents today. Having always wanted to write, she penned her first book, a memoir sold on QVC, in 2013 and has since written four full length novels, two novellas and several short stories.
Five-year-old Cassie Bailey’s mother tucked her into bed and kissed her goodnight. This morning she’s missing, her unicorn bedcovers are empty, and her parents are frantic.
Detective Rachel Hart knows that the first few hours after a child goes missing are the most crucial, and that the Baileys are living every parent’s worst nightmare. Rachel knows, because as a child her family lived through it too, when her sister was taken.
The days are ticking by with no sign of Cassie, and the cracks in the Baileys’ marriage are beginning to show. But are the holes in their stories because they’re out of their minds with panic – or because they’re lying?
Rachel’s convinced that Cassie knew the person who took her, but can she find the little girl before she’s lost forever?
Publication Date: 14th June 2019
Wow literally That’s awesome review 💕
Thank you so much ❤️
Your ability to put together such heartfelt reviews is so inspiring. I’m lucky to know you ❤❤
😲😲 Have you looked in a mirror? You are the one who is awesome ❤️
I love unpredictable tales like this – lovely review!
Thank you so much ❤️ 😘
This novel sounds like a wonderful debut, I love it when there are plenty of red herrings :-). Great review lovely!
You’ve hooked me, Shalini! I’ll have to give this one a try. 🙂
This was a good police procedural… Hope you like it too..
I posted in your wedding pics, not sure if I have gone to spam
No, I was able to read your comments and sent a reply. Thank you so much!
Ok I’m going to have to stop reading your review later Shalini! Every time I read them I pretty much always add the book to my Goodreads TBR. Great review as always!!
Thank you so much Misty
.. That was the sweetest compliment 😘♥️
You’re welcome!! 😘💕
Great review! This sounds like my kind of book so I’m adding it to my list now. 🙂
Thank you so much. I loved it too
I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I know how much you love your missing children thrillers!! .. Ok. That sounded a little weird… You know what I mean!! 😅
Hahaha in books yes, that trope gets me
I definitely want to read this now. Terrific review, Shalini! ♥️
Thank you so much.. It was quite a good one
Super review, Shalini.
i decided to skip this..but great you enjoyed! 🙂
Thank you ❤️ read the next book in this series. That would be loads better
Thank you Shalini. I missed following your reviews for sometime and the loss is mine
Ah no problem and not a loss at all. Real life is more important
Yes for sure.
But I want to be involved in your programs. Please don’t hesitate to ask
I wrote a couple of emails but you don’t respond so I assumed you were not interested
I sent you details for a promo tour but since it didn’t get posted… I didn’t ping you post that
Something called boxbe is holding some of my mails back.
Please send for the next one. Actually I miss working with you
Oooh what’s boxbe?
I am also trying to figure it out and to see how I can shield my messages from it
Thank you so much Inge. Sorry you were in spam folder
This sounds like a great start to a series. Great review, Shalini.
Thanks Diana ❤️ it was a good one
That cover is one that just begs you to pick the book up!
Thanks for another informative review.
I hope you like it too 😍
Wonderful review Shalini. This one sounds like a twisty story I would like. I did not request it because Bookouture has not been approving me lately. I will check it out on Amazon and see what it’s at.
This was a fun book. The first in the series. Most of their books are 99p on amazon. Check it out
I have bought a lot of their books on Amazon, they are often 99 cents and right after release too.