So so good!
I am so excited because I don’t think I’ve read any other books by Angela Marsons which means I get to go back to DI Kim Stone book one and then read my way through them! Bliss.
The premises of the kidnapping is brilliant – and serves as a timely reminder, tell your children not to go with strangers – anyway, it is a kidnapping with a cruel twist as the kidnappers want the two sets of parents to go into a bidding war to save just one of the girls…
Kim herself is beautifully complex character, a true hard nut with a caring side and relentless drive to find the truth, solve the case and make things right for people. She and her team are a force to be reckoned with.
What I liked best about Lost Girls is that the story is covered from several angles, all of which are executed seamlessly. You immerse yourself with DI Kim Stone and her team, you feel like you are sat around the ‘war room’ table with them and can almost smell the coffee. Then you are there with the girls in the cold, in the dark, with the damp and fear creeping over you. Then you are with the couples, their despair, their secrets and their anguish becomes your own.
So very well constructed, written and played out – I absolutely loved it and will be fast heading to buy a copy of Silent Scream.
Synopsis: Two girls go missing. Only one will return.
The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?