Her Pretty Bones Carla Kovach
If Carlsberg made Cops.
DI Gina Harte is back. She is probably the most troubled female Police Inspector on the shelves right now, and at the same time she is probably one of the best fictional cops on the shelves at the moment.
When a young girl falls from the back of a van it quickly becomes apparent that she has been held against her will, she is undernourished and drug dependent, but who is she.
Harte’s teams first task is to identify the girl, then find out what has happened to her.
But this won’t be the last young girl found. Nor will it be the last one the team have difficulty identifying.
At the same time a mother is looking for her runaway daughter, could either of the two unidentified girls be her daughter, or could their story hold the key to finding her.
This book looks into the homeless runaways we see sleeping rough on our streets.
Not all of them come from unloving homes and many of them have families who are frantically looking for them, scared of every knock on the door in case its bad news.
Hartes team run their investigation without knowing about the desperate mom, are both looking into the same thing.
People on the streets tell their story to the mother, where they won’t talk to the Police. As a reader frustration builds when the two sides aren’t communicating. When the mother is left to walk the streets talking to people in the hope that she will uncover some clue to her daughters whereabouts.
The things she hears are hardly comforting, drugs, prostitution, shop lifting, abuse, assaults are day to day experiences for some of the rough sleepers.
This book made me stop and think more than many others have over the years.
Carla Kovach has written a wonderful story. Gina Harte is one of my favourite characters, but for me the star of this book is that Mom who is looking for her daughter.
I cannot begin to imagine what a parent would go through when a child goes missing. And yes I know what goes on, on the streets, but somehow it was all brought home in this book. The horrors of sleeping rough, making allegiances with people that can only bring danger, but in a weird way offer security.
This is a subject that I have read about in other books, but this is by far the best.
Pages: Kindle 2265KB
Publishing Date: 17thJanuary 2019