This book almost felt like I was reading it in real time.
The main story revolves around the abduction of 9 children from a Playschool in London.
DCI Anna Tate is the SIO and most of the story is written from her perspective.
From the moment the abduction takes place Tate is at the scene and taking charge. The book only covers three days and for those three days we follow Tate, make her observations and listen in on her thoughts.
The sections seen from Tate’s points of view are occasionally interspersed by sections seen from the point of the parents of one of the missing children. Liam suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and his parents are rightly worried. His mom blames herself for the fact he was amongst the kidnapped, as he was only in the playgroup because she was going for a work interview.
For three days the case moves at pace and that pace makes it fly through to the final pages, and a stunning finale.
Carter has woven a brilliant story which takes place at a realistic speed. It examines the thought process of the SIO and looks at the guilt and anxiety of one set of parents.
This is a simple story, with not many strands to follow, and I’m going to borrow a line from all of those cookery competitions on TV
“If you do something simple it has to be done really well”
Believe me J.P Carter has done it really well
Publishing Date: 24thJanuary 2019