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Published: 19 January 2017
Reviewed: 13 January 2017

5 out of 5 stars

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Description:

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.

A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances.
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir.
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?

But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted.

Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …

My Thoughts & Review:

From the opening chapters the reader is plunged in to the dark and gritty world of a crime thriller like no other, there are some uncomfortable moments at the beginning, abuse of any kind is never a topic that makes for easy reading but it is handled with decorum and is pivotal to a character’s story.  As a debut thriller I was prepared for an enjoyable read, something that would be “run of the mill”, following a safe pathway through the genre but I was oh so wrong.   This is on course to be a fantastic series featuring the brilliant Robyn Carter, a series that I think crime thriller fans will be eager to get their hands on and devour.

We are introduced to Detective Inspector Robyn Carter, who is on leave from her role with Staffordshire Police and working as a PI in her cousin’s firm.  During her last week in the PI job she becomes involved in a missing person case, a teacher has gone missing and Robyn is determined to find out who Lucas Matthews is and where he’s gone.
But in amongst this we also follow a story of a young girl, Alice who was sexually abused, her narration takes the form of italicised entries interspersed between chapters.  Some of parts of Alice’s tale may make for uncomfortable reading for some, but I would say that Wyer has written these carefully to ensure they remain significant to Alice’s story and her development without becoming gratuitous.
There is also a third key female voice in this story, Abigail.  A new mother who is hiding secrets from her husband Jackson, but she is also being taunted by an unknown menace.  Threatening text messages and phone calls are just the beginning of her nightmare.

Cleverly using different perspectives to tell the story, Carol Wyer weaves back and forth between the past and present to detail lives of her characters.  This not only gives great insight into them but also means that there are several different strands to this plot which taunt the reader until they masterfully come together.  The plot is complex, but it works very well and it’s clear that the author has taken great time and care in her work.

I cannot wait to see where Carol Wyer takes this series next, but she’s definitely snared a new fan, I’ll be keeping an eye out for any future crime thrillers!

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