New American Library an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date: February 16, 2016
My Review (4 Stars: Liked It A Lot!)
The case is that a two year old child goes missing from her front lawn.
Among the main characters are Bob Sparks (a detective), Glen Taylor (a suspect who is linked to child pornography), Jean Taylor (the suspect’s widow), and Kate Waters (a reporter ). The case was not solved before the suspect died. DI Sparks just can’t let go of this. The main suspect is dead and the little girl has not been found.
I enjoyed the setting, which I believe is in the UK. I think the characterizations might be slightly different than if set in America. A small example might be that often characters have tea. Here in America, I think it might be coffee. John O’Connell in “The Best Recent Thrillers – Reviews Roundup“, from The Guardian might phrase this notion better.
“My one reservation is Jean’s odd voice, which feels too 1950s-prim – an upper-middle-class person’s slightly dated idea of how lower-middle-class people speak. But then, Glen and Jean are nothing if not strange, so perhaps that extends to their domestic idiolect.” – John O’Connell (“The Best Recent Thrillers – Reviews Roundup“, The Guardian)
However, I felt, the author’s writing style was very engaging.
The interesting and different slant on this story is that the focus is on the suspect’s widow. Her life was complicated by her husband. After her husband dies, her life is complicated by the investigators and the reporters. The reporter, Kate Waters is successful with her approach toward getting interviews.