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Gone Astray (DC Maggie Neville Book 1) Kindle Edition
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One day, Lesley returns to the house to find Rosie isn't there. She left her revising in the garden. She phones her mobile and hears it ringing in the garden. Kids Rosie's age are pretty much surgically attached to their mobile phones these days and warning bells begin to sound. Has she run away, has she been taken against her will or is she just attention seeking? We then watch as slowly, the family's life is chipped away by the police. Enter Maggie, one of the force's FLOs. Previously ostracised, her blotted copybook has apparently been cleaned, past mistakes forgiven and she is mostly welcomed back. Being also a pretty sharp detective, Maggie inveigles herself into the police investigation probably a little more than she should. Out on a limb is a bit of an understatement at times.
I found this book to be very tightly plotted - it's a bit on the convoluted side so the quality of this really did impress me. There were a few things I guessed right but, on the whole, I spend most of the book really not having much of a clue as to where we would eventually end up. As reveals were made though, they appeared congruent with the story rather than being way out of left field. There were also quite a few characters, some of which had connections to multiple threads and other characters. Usually I don't like too many characters because I find I lose track (my rubbish concentration/memory) but I managed to keep on top of them in this book. That's probably a reflection of the author's characterisation.
Pacing was good throughout. There was also a good balance between story and description and the psychological element was chilling and thrilling in all the right places.
All in all, this was a good solid read and an impressive début. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more from this author.
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The writing is crisp and fluid. The characters are flawed, complex, and intriguing. And the plot, using alternating chapters, does an excellent job of intertwining, unraveling and building not only all the tension and increasing family drama but also the suggestions, clues, and procedures of the unfolding police investigation.
Overall, I think Gone Astray is a fantastic debut for Davies that definitely highlights money doesn’t always bring happiness and often we don’t know people as well as we think.
DC Maggie Neville is the Family Liaison Officer, one of two assigned to help. She's unattached but with a sister, a single mother of three children that Maggie helps out regularly. Maggie ends up getting more involved in solving the crime than she's supposed to, trying to untangle all the clues and figure out the truth and the lies in the stories of all the people interviewed that might have a connection to the crime.
I thought the story was pretty good. Had some good twists to it, though some of them pushed credibility just a tad. I liked Maggie's character and the sibling dynamic which is shaded with the guilt of an old secret Maggie's been carrying. It didn't come out in this book but it seems there will be others.
Thanks to NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for a review.
Lesley and Mack win the lottery and move to a larger house near to where they used to live. One day Lesley comes home to find their daughter Rosie missing, and blood on the lawn. An investigation begins to find out what has happened to her.
There were plenty of twists and possible suspects to keep the reader interested. It flowed really well and I enjoyed the book and didn't guess the outcome.
4 solid stars from me.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publishers in return for my honest review.