Thursday, 14 September 2017

Book Review - Losing Leah by Sue Welfare

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Title: Losing Leah
Author: Sue Welfare
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Castle Yard Publishing
Publication Date: 14th May 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

An ordinary ordinary couple... a terrible secret.

On a cold dark February morning. Chris and Leah Hills stop for coffee at an isolated service station a stone’s throw from the Welsh Borders. While Leah heads inside, Chris locks the car and goes in to order them a drink. 

She shouldn’t be long, after all they’ve only stopped to stretch their legs.
Minutes pass. Chris waits and waits, but Leah doesn’t come back.

When Sergeant Mel Daley and her boss, Detective Inspector Harry Baker, arrive to begin the search, their investigation calls into question whether Leah ever left Norfolk and unravels a tangle of dark secrets from the past.

Losing Leah definitely contained a mystery had that me stumped. How can someone just disappear from a motorway service station, especially when there is no evidence to prove that she was even there in the first place? 

This was an interesting crime story, the evidence and investigation took a while to get going, and the detectives really needed to be in 3 places at once. 

Most of the narrative was from Sergeant Mel Daley's point of view, and she explained a missing persons case in rather basic terms that anyone could follow, and the procedure that the police follow in such a case. I found it rather interesting.

Losing Leah was a story that fascinated me, and what struck me most was Chris's character, he was so distraught that his wife had disappeared after a very short space of time, and was frantically wanting to be out searching himself, that it raised flags with me and yet nothing is ever that simple. 

I loved seeing Chris get worked up in the interview rooms, especially while also seeing how the police investigation was going.  Sergeant Daley on the other hand seemed like a good detective, but I wasn't so keen on her personal life, that was touched on in places, but not overly fleshed out. 

This is a good story, that was simple enough to follow but as it progressed became more complex, to the extent that I was still wondering what exactly happened to Leah for the majority of the book.  

Thank you to Sue Welfare for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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