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Author: W.S. Barton
Published: 2 July 2016
Reviewed: 1 July 2016
Copy kindly supplied by author in return for an honest review
5 out of 5 stars
Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. 
Halloween 1983. 
When eight year old local boy Aidan Truscott goes missing, without a trace, a search for him begins.  As it continues, the once tight-knit community begins to reveal its suspicions and point fingers, unravelling hurtful secrets and accusations.  The truth, however, is far worse than anyone could have imagined…..
My Thoughts and Review:  
I unexpectedly stumbled upon this book the other night, I can’t quite remember what made me look it up, but once I’d read the synopsis something about it screamed to find out more.  
Set in the small seaside town of Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire (East England), the reader is gently eased into the who’s who of the local holiday parks, how life in the small coastal town relies heavily on tourism – the toy shop only opens when holiday season starts, and given the impression that despite small personal niggles all is well in the town, there is a strong community feel and everyone does what they can to help the townsfolk. 
That is until Halloween, with the discovery of a dead body in the town, the locals are wary about allowing the kids to go out trick or treating but agreement is reached, and soon the kids are on their merry way to high jinks and a sugar rush. 
When eight year old Aidan Truscott fails to return home the close knit community goes into overdrive.  Everyone that can help search for young Aidan is out looking, the police investigation soon picks up speed and every caravan park is searched, any likely place that Aidan could be is in the town is identified and searched but no trace of him can be found.  Believing that someone must know something, Chief Constable Doyle interviews all of the children, hoping one of them holds the vital piece of information that could solve this case.  
And that folks is about all I can say about the plot without giving anything away.  
A superbly written thriller, the plot is well thought out and captivating.  Well developed characters make this both interesting and riveting to read, with narration from multiple viewpoints it gives important insight of the situation, but also allows for great character development.  The inner struggles of Doyle with this case, with his suspicions about the culprit and his torment about doing the right thing are compelling reading.  Mark Smith’s tale is one that leaves you with mixed feelings, does his past reflect on who he has become?  These characters are very well written and you genuinely feel an element of sympathy for them at times.  
Wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric, you can almost envision the town, the beach and the camp sites etc, attention to detail is clear in the writing, ensuring that the reader gets a glimpse into the mind of Barton, seeing what he wants them to see.
The suspense of the story is well paced throughout the book, it draws the reader in through slowly revealing details through the narrative, almost forcing you to continue reading to find out what happens next.  It’s definitely one of those books what will keep you snared way past your bedtime!
W.S. Barton’s début novel Coal House is available to purchase via Amazon, and I will definitely be snagging a copy – this is an author I will be looking out for in the future, his style of writing challenges and intrigues me, I would almost award the title of a wordsmith, but I think for that he would need to pen a third novel just to be sure!  

Gripping, thrilling, full of suspense and suspicion – I would thoroughly recommend this book!  I also believe that W.S. Barton has pledged to donate a percentage of the sales to The Boatshed Charity.
You can pre order a copy of Mablethorpe here. 

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