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My review

I am stating it upfront. This book was not for me. I don’t like books where I am told the identity of kidnapper right at the beginning without me getting to play the Detective!!

3 girls plucked away from their home settings and boarded up as prisoners and police befuddled and soon investigation starts rolling

The story is told with respect to the investigation and life of the girls at the kidnappers’. The two parts continue on and meet up in the middle and spoiler alert (the cop becomes prisoner too).

The ending was both shocking and twisted. My first book by David Jackson. The book had a police procedural vibe to it, the tension and pace was well maintained. Life of the kidnapped girls was terrible. The kidnappers themselves were extremely icky, so full marks to the author for this characterization.

I didn’t like how the police investigation and life of the cops was written. This style of writing didn’t gel with my personal preference. I didn’t find it interesting, this is on me!!

Overall, for me it was a fast read with skipping of some parts which were not relevant to the rescue of girls.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bonnier Zaffre, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 3 stars

About the Author

David Jackson is the bestselling author of Cry Baby. His debut novel, Pariah, was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Awards. He lives on the Wirral peninsula with his wife and two daughters.

Book blurb

Meet the Bensons. They’re an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There’s just one problem.


D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .

Product Details

Publication date : 3rd May, 2018

Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre

Police procedural rescue

28 Responses

  1. Shalini, looks like you haven’t had a great read for a while now. It happens to me too, once in a while. You pick the book reading the blurb and the book turns out to be something else. We should discuss books someday 😀

  2. Ah I’m not a fan when the bad guy is revealed early either. I want mystery! Sounds like an interesting book, but I think I will pass on this one. Great review! 😊

    1. Socks…. Exactly that’s what I forgot to buy.(i really forgot to buy) but yes i am hoping August fantasy Reads will do that

  3. I will remember… Shalini wants to play detective! 😉
    But I know what you mean…. I’m also not a huge fan of chapters from the culprit’s perspective. Although to be fair those kinds of chapters add to the suspense/ tension.

  4. well, humbug, guess we are both on a roll with books less than thrilled about. really enjoyed your review and thinking you were still generous given your feelings about the book.

    1. This was a different read. The last few pages too had an unexpected twist. But it was difficult to get to that last page, at least for me

  5. Ooo… I’m at a crossroads with this one. On the one hand, I’m with you. I love to play Detective and knowing the identity of a killer or kidnapper from the beginning just has me frustrated thinking, why hasn’t anyone else figured out it’s them?? It seems so OBVIOUS NOW!! On the other hand… I do love shocking and twisted…. Hmmm… I’ll have to think on this one!

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