I am delighted to share my review with you today for Her Missing Child by Kerry Watts
She lays her baby in his cot – the sound of his quiet breath filling the nursery as she leaves the room. Soon Claire will be fast asleep herself. She won’t hear the back door opening or the footsteps on the stairs.
When Claire Lucas is woken by her husband asking where their baby son is, she is dazed and confused. When she follows Darren into their child’s bedroom, she hears nothing but silence. No baby cries, no cute gurgles. The only thing left in Finlay’s cot is his beloved teddy bear. Finlay has gone.
Detective Jessie Blake rushes to the family’s modern home in the rugged Scottish Highlands. She notices that Darren avoids eye contact, and Claire seems disconnected – unable to account for the last few hours of her afternoon. Jessie knows there’s no normal response to losing a child, but something doesn’t feel right.
Friends rally round the young family, as a search of the narrow lanes and green hills of Moncrieffe begins in earnest. And as helpers battle the wild Scottish weather, Jessie is sure that someone in the search party must know more than they’re letting on. Someone must have seen something.
As a ghost from her own past comes back to haunt her, Jessie must put aside her own personal tragedy to save baby Finlay. Can she get the people of the small town to talk before it’s too late?
I am not normally one to start a series on book two but after the recommendations I have had from Jacqueline Evans and then the author offering me an audio code from a competition I entered. It seemed the way forward.
So there I am diving straight into book two, which can be read has a standalone. I sure as hell was not disappointed. Boy can this lady weave am addictive story which will tie you up in knots and keep you guessing all the way through.
Imagine waking up to find your 6 month old baby has vanished. This is a parent’s worst nightmare and exactly what happens to Clare and her husband in this story. The author fills the story with plenty of characters and brilliant characterisation.
Grabbing you right from the opening and not letting you go until the very end. It is full of twists and turns just when you think you have it all worked out. The author throws in another twist knocking you sideways. This is a brilliant who-dun-it story which is packed with emotion and heartbreak. Which the narrator has portrayed effortlessly.
I really liked the Detective Jessie Blake and I looking forward to finding out more about her in the next book and also going back to the beginning. Her Missing Child is an addictive, heart pounding read which I highly recommend.
Massive thank you to Kerry Watts for the audio copy.