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"A little girl is missing from under her mother’s nose. She’ll be scared and vulnerable - if she’s still alive. But no one is helping us search. No one wants to give us information. No one even seems surprised. What’s going on?"

Detective Bernadette Noel came to this quiet rural corner of southwest England from London to lie low after a high-profile prosecution led to death threats against her family. But she has barely settled in when the call comes. A woman’s voice, shrill with terror and thick with tears: "Help - it’s my daughter, Molly - I only had my back turned for a minute.... She’s gone!"

A child abduction is about as far from lying low as it gets, and her boss wants to assign a different detective. But there’s no way Bernie’s not taking the case - she can’t miss this chance to prove herself. 

Five-year-old Molly Reynolds has been snatched from the playground in the village where she lives. Normally in cases like this, the community is an asset - eager to help search and full of local knowledge. But although Molly’s mother Jessica is in anguish, the other villagers don’t seem to want to know. 

As details emerge, Bernie discovers a possible link to a shocking crime that has never been solved, and which the locals have never forgotten. But what exactly is the connection to Molly’s abduction? Cracking a cold case is the only way to find out - and meanwhile time is running out for Molly. 

Dark and compelling, this is an absolutely gripping missing-child crime thriller. If you like Val McDermid, D. S. Butler, or Angela Marsons, you’ll love Joy Kluver.

©2021 Joy Kluver (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Clear your schedule

This was recommended to me by a friend. I went for the audio book rather than add to the precarious tower of unread books by my bed.

I started it late in the evening which was a terrible mistake. The story is so gripping that I had to force myself to turn it off at about half two in the morning. I finished it before lunchtime the following day.

It was a really interesting listen with just enough twists and turns in the plot to keep it exciting without turning it into a baffling ordeal. As a long serving member of police staff I tend to get irritable at some authors' assumptions of police work but this books sticks closely to what I recognise as procedure, which placated the nerd in me.

My only tiiiiny criticism is with the performance, which was largely great but occasionally sounded as though it was being read by Alexa. Don't let that put you off though. It's an incredible, beautifully paced story.

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A fantastic Listen

A new writer offering a gripping read from start to finish. Can’t wait for the next book!

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Gripped

Loved the narration, really brought the story to life.

Enjoyed the twists and turns and playing detective myself to see if I could work out who was involved.

Will certainly be downloading the next one in the series.

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Highly recommended

An enjoyable listen, compelling plot with excellent narration. Looking forward to listening to future books in the series.

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Brilliant

Great listen and loved the flow of the storyline. I thought I’d got the baddie several times, only to be outwitted and feeling flummoxed! Brilliant!

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A gripping first book !

Last seen takes you on a journey through the twists and turns of an emotional missing persons case. The characters unfold in directions that both surprise and engage you as a reader/ listener. The story takes hold of you from the first line to the last.

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Good story lots of guessing

Really enjoyed and couldn't wait to get to the end to see who was responsible for taking molly, wasn't who I expected.