Snatched From Home - What Would You Do To Save Your Children?: Gritty and gripping British crime fiction you can't put down (DI Harry Evans Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What happens in this novel is every parent's worst nightmare. Nicholas Foulkes has amassed a huge debt thanks to his gambling habit. One night masked intruders kidnap his two children, Samantha and Kyle from under his and his wife Victoria's noses. If they want to see their children again, the debt must be paid in full by the given deadline, or else...
"I'll do whatever it takes to get them back."
This book shows just how far a mother is prepared to go to save her children. But I couldn't have guessed what this desperate woman's maternal instinct would drive her to do. In the Foulkes family, Victoria is the one with the balls not her husband and I really admired this woman.
But the star of this book and series is without doubt DI Harry Evans, the boss of the Major Crimes team. He's quite an unforgettable character! To tell the truth I'm not sure whether I liked him or not. There were times when I admired him, others when he made me laugh but there were others when I would have gladly given him a good kick up his backside. To say Evans is a strong character is an understatement. I think he's one of the harshest DIs I've ever encountered to date in police procedural novels. An old-school copper in his fifties, he's arrogant, obnoxious and confident but fair and goes about as if he owns the place. He knows almost everyone and everyone knows him on his patch in Cumbria. But now after thirty years of service his time is almost up. His superiors can't wait to get rid of his insubordination and renegade ways. In fact his replacement, in the form of DI John Campbell has already joined his team "to bring order to the chaos of Evan's reign". Harry does not want to leave the force, but if he isn't given an opportunity to stay, he wishes to go out with a bang. Little does he know that soon his wish will come true...
The author has weaved a suspenseful, fast-paced plot with twists and turns throughout around some very interesting characters. The Major Crimes team is made up of a well balanced mix of individuals and I'm sure that in the future we'll see this great team solving many more complex cases. The kidnappers (especially Blair) were just nasty and I felt terrible for the two kidnapped kids. I admired Samantha's courage and perseverance throughout the ordeal (must have got that from her mother!).
Well, this book is a hell of a roller-coaster ride that increases speed the further it goes. By the end it's a desperate race against time. I couldn't believe this was the author's debut novel. There isn't a moment without some action going on. Short chapters made this read an even more enjoyable experience and I felt like I was flying through the book. I liked the clever way the author has intertwined one case with another. The ending is simply spectacular and I really liked it. By the end I could understand better DI Evans' results-driven, no nonsense way of carrying out his job. The man is not as bad as he gave the impression at the beginning.
'Snatched from Home' is a brilliant, nail-biting crime thriller, the start of an exciting series and I highly recommend it. Now I can't wait to read the author's next full-length novel to be published soon after 'Matching the Evidence'. And yes, it will feature DI Evans with his bossy character too!
Nicholas Foulkes is in Debt from Gambling. Only problem is, his wife Victoria knows nothing about it until masked men raid their home and Kidnap her 2 children. Every parents worst nightmare. But somehow, some way they have got to find 95 Grand to get them back. How the Hell are they supposed to do that. Beg, steel and borrow is the only way. Or is it? It seems like turning to crime might just get them the rest of the money they need.
I really couldn't decide if I liked DI Harry Evans to start with. At one point he really got on my nerves, but you soon realise it's just who he is, and all he wants is to get the job done, and get results. I did start to grow to like him.
working along side him is DI John Campbell, who is set to be Harry Evans replacement when he takes retirement. I Liked John a little more to start with than I did Evans, although at times he seemed a little to goody goody. Once you start getting through the book, you learn a little more of these two characters, and I did begin to like both of them.
This i'm told is Graham's Debut Novel. Well if that is the case it is a great debut, well written, brilliantly paced and once I got around 30% in I did not want to put my kindle down, I needed to try and keep going.
Certainly an author I will be watching out for in the future.
A trip to my local library Down Under in Tasmania revealed that they didn't have a single copy; hardly surprising since this is Graham's first novel as an up and coming writer and we're on the upside down side of the world! I therefore politely requested the library to get some stocks in, and was happily surprised when my request was granted swiftly and several copies were acquired.
I am so glad that the library people obliged. What an enthralling, page-turner it turned out to be!
I was immediately gripped by the cleverly twisting plot with more than a few colourful characters thrown in (I'm sure I've met a few in real life ha!) Like the very diplomatic (not) D.I. Harry Evans, also tough teenager Samantha, who will do anything to protect her younger brother, to mention just a couple.
A kidnapping, thefts at local farms, pubs and garages ? How is it all connected ? It'll keep you guessing, and punchy short chapters will keep you turning the pages wanting to find out.
I loved the refreshingly British style of this book, and the wickedly, ribbing northern sense of humour, which all adds spice to the mix.
A thoroughly great read and I am eagerly looking forward to more from Graham.
If you love a good thriller you must get your hands on this- Highly recommended :)