I follow Better Reading and their review of this new series from Brooklyn based US author Louisa Luna prompted me to download it for my recent holiday read. Described as the ‘ultimate whodunnit thriller and then some’ it had some expectation to live up to. And I am hear to let you know that it definitely did.
This novel plotline is every mother’s nightmare. Two sisters, Kylie 10 and Bailey 8, go missing from a carpark and single mother Jamie Brandt’s nightmare begins. The family hire private investigator Alice Vega, who finds missing children, who teams up with ex-cop Max Caplan to investigate the case. A gritty, fast-paced novel, we know there is a time limit for finding the girls alive and Luna makes us feel the pressure of the clock ticking down.
But this is not just a fast-paced thriller. We also get to explore the downside of single motherhood, what would a parent do to keep their children safe, and how sometimes you simply cannot cope. We explore the ravages of grief and trauma, as Alice is dealing with the death of a long term mentor and her the trauma inherent in her job, and Max’s own personal identity struggles, trying to put a work scandal behind him, coping with a divorce and being a part-time father to his teenage daughter, Nell.
The police department also less than supportive of this private investigation, even though their own Detectives are hampered by budget cuts, internal tensions and a lack of man power to police the town. This story is full of false leads, many lies, desperation and tense suspense. Be warned though that not everyone is likeable, not everything is black and white, and evil resides in unexpected places. Definitely recommended and I am looking forward to the follow-up The Janes due out in January 2020.
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