Stolen Children by Michael Wood

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I feel like I waited for this book for a long time, in reality I haven’t as the last in the series was out in January, but hey some things are just worth waiting for!

Stolen Children is a breathtaking story, Michael Wood’s books have always been a little on the dark side but this one has dropped straight into the abyss of lost and broken souls – not one for the faint-of-heart shall we say.

Along with a strong and compelling storyline, Stolen Children reads at a pace that you will need to prepare yourself for – don’t be thinking that you’ll be dipping in and out of this one as it will consume you and you will NEED to keep reading!

DCI Matilda Darke – oh I love her – surely this series must be televised soon? Matilda and her team feel like old familiar friends and I am in awe of Michael Wood‘s ability to bring people to life in this way (and then put them in daily peril, heart in your mouth scenarios, subject them to near death experiences and generally toss them into the washing machine of doom).

I swear I feel like Carl Meagan is a real missing boy – for me he is there with Ben Needham and Madeleine McCann tucked away in a corner of my mind that desperately hopes for them to be found and for their families to finally receive peace.

And then. Oh my. The ending!

Note – this is book 6 in a series, please read the others first:

For Reasons Unknown
Outside Looking In
A Room Full of Killers
The Hangman’s Hold
The Murder House

and a short story Victim of Innocence

Blurb:

Some cases won’t die.
A young boy walks into a police station in France. He claims to be Carl Meagan – a missing child from Sheffield whose name is still whispered as a warning to kids who stay out after dark.

Some children won’t be found.
On her way home from the supermarket, nine-year-old Keeley Armitage vanishes without trace. Her family is overcome with shock and DCI Matilda Darke can’t help but focus on memories of the Carl Meagan case that almost ruined her career.

Some killers won’t be stopped.
As Matilda investigates, she peels back the layers of grief and sadness that surround Keeley’s family. Until she is left with an unimaginable choice: betray those closest to her or let a violent killer walk free…

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