little boy lost

3.5 Stars

This was a good mystery set in modern day England.

This is the third book in the series, and the second one that I’ve read. I really liked the first book, but this one fell a little short for me. When the book opens, DCI Anna Tate is on leave from her job as a police detective to bond with her long lost daughter Chloe. Her leave is cut short, however, when the police department needs every officer on the job as it deals with hordes of rioters in the streets. Anna is called to handle the murder of a young boy found chained to a wall in the basement of a vacant bar that was set on fire by rioters. The boy is the son of a prominent man, so the case is a high profile matter.

As Anna starts to investigate, she discovers that a lot of people had grudges against the boy’s father, and any one of them could have kidnapped the boy. A second story line that weaves through the book involves Chloe. She becomes lost in the mayhem created by the rioters and the story follows her quest to find safety and reconnect with her mother. This story line was pretty far-fetched and I didn’t enjoy it very much. I felt that it detracted from the main story and while I can understand why the author felt she needed some vehicle to bring Anna and Chloe closer, I still didn’t care for it.

Overall, it’s still a good book with lots of twists and turns, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. I will still read more books in the series, however, because I really enjoy the main character.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.