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Gone Astray: DC Maggie Neville 01 Kindle Edition
When a Lesley Kinnock buys a lottery ticket on a whim, it changes her life more than she could have imagined . . .
Lesley and her husband Mack are the sudden winners of a £15 million EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter Rosie to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives - and friends - as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams.
But it soon turns into their darkest nightmare when, one beautiful spring afternoon, Lesley returns to their house to find it empty: their daughter Rosie is gone.
DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and Mack, supporting them while quietly trying to investigate the family. And she has a crisis threatening her own life - a secret from the past that could shatter everything she's worked so hard to build.
As Lesley and Maggie desperately try to find Rosie, their fates hurtle together on a collision course that threatens to end in tragedy . . .
Money can't buy you happiness.
The truth could hurt more than a lie.
One moment really can change your life forever.
About the Author
“Readers will look forward to seeing more of Maggie.” —Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B014V4DXEA
- Publisher : Pan; On Demand edition (March 24, 2016)
- Publication date : March 24, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 772 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 459 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,851 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,159 in Women's Action & Adventure Fiction
- #2,562 in Women's Detective Fiction
- #2,723 in Women's Crime Fiction
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Gone Astray was written in alternating chapters from three different point of views – Lesley, the distraught mother whose teenage daughter is missing, Maggie, the Family Liason Officer assigned to support the family, and an unknown person who is disturbed and upset that somehow he has been wronged by the Kinnock family and is hell bent on making them pay!
I enjoyed how the three alternating point of views in the story all tied together and came together nicely in a way to tell the complete story. It was interesting to read from each character’s point of view and to get a glimpse into their personalities, and the way that they think and view things. All characters in this novel are complex and flawed at best, which made for quite the interesting read.
Can you imagine winning so much money from the lottery and having all sorts of people calling you, mailing you, messaging you, etc? It must have been the Kinnock’s worst nightmare to realize their daughter is missing because someone felt wronger by them, and decided to make them suffer as a result, all due to the fact that the Kinnock family won this money. Their new found financial freedom and happiness is short lived as their biggest fears and nightmares come true. All they want is their daughter back, safe where she belongs.
I found myself immersed in this storyline as I was curious to find out what happened to the Kinnock’s daughter and if she would be found safe and unharmed. I had my theories on who was responsible, only to be proven over and over that my initial suspicions were wrong. I love books that make you think and this book certainly did just that! I was hooked to find out who the responsible person was.
We are introduced to a lot of different characters in this book, and in my eyes everyone was a suspect. Who could the Kinnock family trust? Could they trust their friends? Could they trust their daughter’s friends? Their neighbours? Who could you turn to when you are not sure who you could trust?
Will they be able to find out exactly what happened before it is too late? Be sure to read this novel to find out! A must read!
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.
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.
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DC Maggie Neville is assigned as one of the FLO’s to the Kinnocks, her first foray back in the role after being suspended on her last case due to a clash with her boss. Even more surprising than getting back on the job so quickly, is the fact that it was her old boss that had personally requested her. Trying to put that aside and focus on the job at hand, Maggie gets back to what she does best and sets about helping the family cope with the situation, while also trying to gather as much information from them as possible that will help the case. With an interesting family dynamic and secrets of her own to deal with, can Maggie juggle both her family and work demands without burning herself out?
This is an excellent debut novel and first book in a series. It is a fast paced story with a well executed plot and I really liked the way all the strands of the story came together. All the characters are realistic and well-developed, but especially Maggie. She comes across as a brilliant, but flawed heroine and I am really looking forward to more from her.
Wowzers this is one heck of a debut novel. There is one main plot but there are several sub plots which are not complicated and which feed back into the main story.
Maggie, the lead character, is a Family Liaison Officer and she is tasked with supporting the Kinnock family. She sees this case as an opportunity to make amends for the mistake she made in a previous case and to redeem herself. She has problems in her personal life, both family and romantically. These problems threaten to affect her work. Lesley is like a fish out of water. She has won a large sum of money but she doesn’t really know what to do with it. She and her family move to a bigger house in the posh part of town but Lesley wants to be amongst familiar surroundings and feel comfortable, Mack is a businessman, who loves having this wealth and he makes sure that everybody knows about it. Mack flaunts his wealth. Mack is hiding something but it isn’t what you might think at first. Mack is also hot headed, which does not help the investigation at all.
Reading this book felt a bit as though I was on a rollercoaster ride in that there were lots of twists, turns and stomach churning moments. As the book goes on secrets and lies come tumbling out of the closet so to speak. Clues and subtle hints are given throughout the book and in a sense the reader is being drip fed highly relevant information even if the reader doesn’t realise at the time.
Michelle is very talented in that she can create and increase the sense of drama. At times, whilst reading this book my heart rate increased rapidly and I had to hold my breath on more than one occasion as I feared what was going to happen next. I totally immersed myself in this book and I really did feel as though I was ‘living’ this case as a silent witness.
I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more from this fantastic author, who deserves to go far. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series is snapped up by a television company and adapted for television. In fact I am already thinking who could play the various roles. I would definitely recommend this book to others.