Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok mystery thriller set in Copenhagen, Denmark. It begins with the 15 year old son of a wealthy family who is allegedly kidnapped. Two detectives are assigned to the case, who doubt the boy has been kidnapped, but rather perhaps run away. As they look into the circumstances of the young boy’s life just before his disappearance, several people die under mysterious circumstances – each one with ties to the young boy. As the detectives peel back the layers of the family’s life, it’s clear that more is going on other than a young boy’s disappearance.

This book frustrated me. It started off really well and held my attention. About half way through, however, the story became convoluted and became a hot mess. There were too many ideas, too many odd side stories and none of them done well. Had the story stayed with one, perhaps two different storylines, the book could probably be saved. Sadly, that didn’t happen. The ending was really weird and with regard to one detective, came out of the blue and didn’t make sense. I think this series has promise and the writing was, for the most part, very good. Perhaps some things are lost in translation, but better editing could have made all the difference here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press. All opinions are my own.