Back of the book :
How long do you hunt for the missing ?
When Josie Masters sees a boy in a red football shirt being led away by a clown at a circus, she tries desperately to alert the crowds whilst his terrified parents panic. But it’s too late.
Dylan Jones has disappeared ….
Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of a child’s body have been found – complete with the tatters of a red torn football shirt.
Could it be the boy she saw on the night of the circus ?
Or is it someone else altogether ?
And then another child vanishes ….
What I think :
Josie is eight years old when she goes to the circus/fair with her big brother Paul. They were supposed to stay together, but Paul wanted to go off on his own and meet his Girlfriend. Josie was left on her own, she was going to meet some friends but she couldn’t find them.
It’s as she’s wandering around the fair that she sees a young boy of about her own age. He’s wearing a bright red football shirt, exactly like the one she’d asked her parents for at Christmas but never got. They play the same sideshow together. Then they go their separate ways. Sometime later, just before she goes to meet her brother, she sees Dylan again, but this time he’s with someone dressed as a clown. The clown is holding Dylan’s hand and he leading him away. Its about five minutes after that, that Josie sees Dylan’s mum looking everywhere for him.
Dylan has gone missing …
Dylan was never found …
Fast forward thirty years later and Josie is now a detective in the Bath Police.
Things haven’t been going very well for Josie, she’s just recently split with her boyfriend, who just so happens to be her superior at work, so that’s slightly awkward, her mum’s not well and she doesn’t see her brother and his family as much as she should. And her body clock is ticking very loudly, she really badly wants a child, so much so that she’s looking into IVF on her own.
Then a body is found by builders working on a derelict house, and it’s a body of a small boy and that body is wearing a red football shirt …
Have they finally found Dylan after him being missing for thirty years ?
Then another child goes missing, could it have been the same person as all those years ago ?
I really enjoyed this debut novel, I did find it slightly slow to start with and did wonder where it was going, however after about a quarter of the book, it steps up a bit and I really started to enjoy it.
It very twisty and turny and there’s loads of information thrown in, just to keep you on your toes ! I must admit I did feel quite sorry for Josie in places. She’s doing a very tough job in a man’s world, which I think means that she had to work that bit harder just to get the recognition that she deserved.
All in all a fab thriller with an excellent twist, which I must admit, when it happened, I didn’t see coming in a million years ! I did gasp out loud !
I give this brilliant first novel 9/10 and very much look forward to the next one.
Published by Avon Books on 08/03/18
A huge Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for the review copy of the book.