The Replacement by Melanie Golding

4 Stars from me

Having read a book by this author before, I was fully expecting the little sprinkle of folklore and mystery that would weave its way through the story. On this occasion, this took the shape of selkies.

What appeared to be a straight forward case featuring an abandoned child rapidly became a much deeper and more in depth story. I couldn’t help but feel simultaneously sorry for and annoyed by the social worker who should have made a few teensy enquiries rather than just letting it go.

Then there is the police element and the entangled web around DS Harper as she begins to suspect exactly who it is that she is pursuing.

Overall this is a sweet yet dark tale with some huge characters in it and many many layers!

Blurb: When a small child is found wandering alone, the local shopkeepers call the authorities immediately. Twenty minutes later, the girl’s mother turns up, panicked and distraught. It doesn’t take long to clear things up, and mother and daughter are soon reunited and sent on their way.

Miles away, the body of a man is discovered, floating in a bathtub, but the most surprising discovery of all is that he isn’t dead. Despite his injuries, he is very much alive.

Two seemingly unrelated events. But as DS Harper begins to investigate, disturbing truths start to come to light that connect the man to the mother and child, and suddenly it’s not clear where the danger truly lies. Harper must find out, and quickly. Because someone, or something, is closing in and she needs to uncover the truth before it’s too late…


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