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Bring Them Home: 1 Paperback – 11 October 2018
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A perfect village. A perfect crime.
When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert―and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.
DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.
Hart soon realises that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time…
About the Author
Born in Kent, D. S. Butler grew up as an avid reader with a love for crime fiction and mysteries. She has worked as a scientific officer in a hospital pathology laboratory and as a research scientist.
After obtaining a PhD in biochemistry, she worked at the University of Oxford for four years before moving to the Middle East. While living in Bahrain, she wrote her first novel and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She now lives in Lincolnshire with her husband.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (11 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 303 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503904938
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503904934
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 216,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is well written, fast paced and shows that police are human too, they have lives outside of work and make mistakes. Especially when working very long hours in the case of searching for missing children. The book is set in Lincolnshire, in the middle of England where the police have to manage a rural region of small towns and villages.
Even though I had a hunch of the abductor, there is still some un-expected twists.
I plan to read more books by this author.
I enjoyed that this books primary focus was a missing persons' case when two young girls go missing from school. It made a change from a lot of police procedurals I'd read recently that were focused on serial murder. Although there is a colder case they intermittently think about, for the most part this book focuses on the single crime, and the daily life lesser crimes of villagers.
The 4 central members of the police team, DCs Sophie and Rick, DS Karen Hart and DI Morgan have quite a strong introduction. For the first book in a series they had strong team dynamics (both positive and negative) as well as a few personal side stories that promise the develop strong characters over the course of a series.
The story itself is a parent’s nightmare, where 2 ten year old girls have gone missing. This a page turner, as the team work quickly to locate the girls, and like all good detective novels, there are some red herrings, with the reveal at the end a really good one.
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In this case, two young girls disappear on their way home from school. The ensuing search introduces a complex group of characters all with their own back stories of which we get a glimpse characters range from the over enthusiastic new officer to the experienced and the exhausted.
Relationships evolve alongside the plot, the twists and turns are largely believable and there is promise of more to come.
Looking forward to the next in the series.
I read these books in the wrong order because I was given an ARC of the second DS Karen Hart book, which I really enjoyed, so bought this one. There were many twists and turns in the investigation, as you would expect, and I didn’t guess the ending. I am now looking forward to book 3 in the series.
I listened to this book on Audible, and although I enjoyed the story, I did not enjoy the narrator and sometimes felt like giving up because she was spoiling the story for me. Authors, please be aware that a narrator can make or break a book.
This book is brilliant at transporting you into the detectives lives of hard work, endless dead end leads, suspicion and good old intuition. Which goes into every case they are given. I recommend to every crime thriller enthusiast to buy this book. You won't be disappointed.