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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Violent altercation and busted nose later, and then their children are snatched from their home!
As the title says, what would you do to get your children back? That's the question that must be answered by Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes. When they turn to crime to raise the money for the ransom demands of the kidnappers, a recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team are hot on their trail. Excellent book.
Snatched From Home is the authors first full length novel, he has previously released a novella which is an introduction to the characters in this book, the novella is called The Major Crimes Team, I wouldn't say it is imperative to read the novella first but as it's a great read I certainly recommend it.
This story finds the team trying to catch the criminals behind a protection scam that threatens a shop owners, while solving various other crimes, DI Harry Evans stumbles across a kidnapping of 2 children. The chapters with the two children I found especially chilling.
I have to say I absolutely loved the girl character, Samantha. To say the situation she is in she is such a strong character and the author did a wonderful job in the way he has written this story as the relationship between the brother and sister really tugs at the readers heart strings.
Graham Smith has delivered a brilliant crime thriller that has the reader hooked from beginning to end. Towards the end of the story it is quite fast paced and even though some of the content made for uncomfortable reading I couldn't devour it quick enough.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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!