Saturday, 7 November 2015

Book Review - Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

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Title:  Lost Girls
Author: Angela Marsons
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookoutre
Publication Date: 6th November 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Two girls go missing. Only one will return.

The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die. 

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. 

And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad. 

Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour… 

Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price? 

If you haven't heard of DI Kim Stone, or if you are a crime fan, bought copies of any of Angela Marsons books this year, than I'd have to guess you have been on the moon. Lost Girls is an excellent third addition to the DI Kim Stone series, and all of them can be read as standalone. 

Once again Angela has created an addicting, unputdownable story, with a crime that is abhorrent. How would you deal with your child being pitted in an auction against another child (best friends in fact), knowing that the highest bidder will go free, and the loser's child will die. What would you do in that situation? 

Well that is exactly what the families of Charlie and Amy are facing, when their children are kidnapped. And from the various focuses of the book, and the short chapters, each on a different character at the heart of it, you will see exactly how these people react. 

We also get some hints into the kidnappers minds, including I hate to say the immensely violent one. 

There is a different approach to how the police approach this case, it feels far more reactive than proactive, at least initially, which gives the book a slightly slower start, but didn't detract from it drawing you right in. 

This is a very cleverly crafted crime (as much as I hate to praise any crime), and in some instances shows how twisted a mind the author must have to come up with such a plot. 

It was great to catch up with Kim's team, and you between the books are starting to get to know Kim a bit better, and get the feeling there really is a heart underneath her gruff exterior. 

To sum up, Lost Girls is a haunting, addictive tale, with some twists and I managed to read it one afternoon.

Thanks to Bookoutre and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Uh, oh. You did it again, Rachel. Love the review. Love the blurb. Bought the book! Ta, m'dears. :) xx


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