It’s summer and with only nine children in attendance the Peasbody
Nursery in London is relatively quiet.
At least it was until three armed men locked the staff in a cupboard and
abducted the children.
DCI Anna Tate takes charge of the investigation which is
made more fraught by the discovery that one of the children has Cystic Fibrosis
and requires medication that he doesn’t have.
Anna is a consummate professional but has an emotional connection to the
case as she is still searching for her own daughter who was kidnapped by her
ex-partner years ago.
The kidnappers are slow to make any demands but eventually
get in touch online, making a demand for six million pounds for the safe return
of the children. The pressure is piled
on when the demands increase by one million per day.
With few clues and a gut feeling that she is being lied to,
Anna is only too well aware that every second counts and the longer the case
continues the less likely it will conclude favourably.
While this is a police procedural, it delivers on the human
side of things too, giving a voice to the mother of the little boy who is
without his medication. Anna is a
likeable character, strong and independent, smart and determined and the only
real chink in her armour is the impact of the loss of her own child.
There’s plenty of tension but the real hard-hitting aspect
is how real it all feels. Whether you
figure out the perpetrator or not, there’s much to enjoy in the execution and
characterisation. A page-turner with
Submitted by Lorna
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