Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my copy of this book. This is the first book that I have read by Caroline Mitchell and I am pleased to say that it won’t be my last. Throughout the book there are references to previous events that had happened to the main character Jennifer and I am desperate to find out what they were. No doubt I will be reading this book again once I have.
This book follows Jennifer as she takes on the role of Family Liaison Officer for a family. A family where one of their twin girls has gone missing. This book is completely unique to me as it is the first modern day crime novel in which the supernatural is an accepted part of the police investigation, that I have read. Jennifer herself is considered ‘psychic’ which is why she is sent in to this case. The house the family live in is thought to be inhabited by something unnatural. When I discovered this my interest in this book doubled. I'm a big lover of crime/thrillers and the supernatural so this really was made for me to be honest. (Thank you Caroline Mitchell!)
Despite the fact that paranormal was a part of the book it remained very grounded. It didn't detract from the plot or make it unrealistic or take away any of the features that make crime novels amazing. It just worked. One thing that really impressed me with this book was that the author was able to drive me crazy with my own suspicions even though there was a diary entry which was clearly written by someone who knew what was going on. I had so many theories about what was happening and it kept me turning the (virtual) pages furiously (apologies but - pressing the button on my kindle doesn't have the same ring to it).
The character of Jennifer was really well developed, she was witty, brave, clever and so intuitive. She wasn't stupid and made connections that others passed over. The way in which women struggle in the police force made an impression on me in this book. There was no direct criticism but the way in which Jennifer felt she had to give a certain impression that men wouldn't have to give struck a chord with me. It made her character so much more vivid. The family in this book are wonderfully realistic. The tension that Nick feels as a police officer himself is palpable and his erratic behaviour is great to read, he reflects the way losing your child can send you crazy. Actually this book was a brilliant examination of the way in which a missing child has an effect not just on the family but the friends and the public, which was really eye-opening to consider. In addition, the serious attitude of the police in the book was reassuring and felt very realistic.
If I was to give any advice to anyone about this book it would be to read the other books that come before this one, but only because I think that it would make for a deeper more connected read. However, if you don’t want to do this, you absolutely don’t have to because I absolutely loved this as a stand-alone book. It is gripping, slightly creepy, unique and thrilling. It has a satisfying conclusion with a few twists along the way. I'm proud to say one of my MANY theories was right but the revelation was still captivating. A brilliant book and now if you’ll excuse me, I'm off to buy the other books in this series.
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