Got to start with a caveat on this one – there are some horribly descriptive scenes in the book and some heavy suggestions of child abuse – please avoid if this will upset you.
Ok, moving on, it’s rare for me to start a review as above and the need for this highlights Coombs’ ability to describe – there are many moments throughout The Stolen Child where the descriptions make the whole scene bounce into life.
Lots of tension and heart in the mouth moments – the prison scenes felt real.
I love the little ‘word of the day’ touches!
This book – the first in a series – is brutal, the characters are hard wired and tough. All stereo types of gentle women and powerful men and blown apart within these pages. DI Hanlon is great – I pity anyone who gets in her way.
Blurb: Meet DI Hanlon. A woman with a habit of breaking the rules and a fierce loyalty to the few people she respects.
Her boss, Corrigan. Looks like a street copper promoted above his ability. Underestimate him at your peril.
Enver Demirel. Known in the boxing ring as Iron Hand. Now soft and gone to seed. But he would do anything for Hanlon.
When the kidnap of a 12-year-old boy blows the case of some missing children wide apart, the finger is pointing at the heart of the Met.
Corrigan sends in the only cop in his team who is incorruptible enough to handle it – Hanlon.
And then he sends Demirel to spy on her…