Author: Louise Voss and Mark Edwards, 2014.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Police Procedural.
Other Details: ebook. 399 pages.
The first child was taken from her house. The second from his mother’s car. The third from her own bedroom…
When Helen and Sean Philips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent’s greatest fear. Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out—and that nothing in this case is as it seems… - synopsis from authors' website.
This proved to be a well-paced crime thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat as events unfolded. I felt the authors were sensitive to their subject matter and conveyed the complex emotions of the Philips family well. I have a close friend, who loves crime fiction but avoids those where the abduction and/or murder of young children are involved. In that sense I would say this novel would likely serve as a trigger for readers sensitive to this kind of crime.
Overall, I felt this was a good opening to a new series and I look forward to the next in the series that will be published later this year.