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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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At the beginning I wasn't sure that I was going to like Harry Evans, his rudeness, brashness and unique ways of dealing with crime seemed off putting to me - but God by the end I am so rooting for him #TeamEvans for me all the way!
A parents worst nightmare - your children have been kidnapped and you have no way of raising the money demanded and you are haunted by the kidnappers taunts of what they will do to your kids if you don't come up with the money! I loved Victoria as the mother - she was strong and determined to save her kids but God her husband Nicholas - no wonder his wife despised him!
Meanwhile Harry is approaching retirement and his new replacement John Campbell takes a more traditional approach to the job, a few feathers are bound to be ruffled as these two very different characters work together. By the end of the book Campbell was making my blood boil and I much preferred Harry's unorthodox but definitely more honest approach to his work. The team is full of strong characters and I can definitely see this being a cracking series as the reader gets to know them all. I loved the hints to Harry's background and what makes him tick and the things that keep him awake at night.
I thought this novel was a great combination of breath-holding moments combined with laughter as Harry provides some ace one-liners. Snatched from home has hooked me and I am dying for more!
I found this easy to read and fast paced. I like my thrillers to be all about "story" and less about superfluous prose. Smith's debut is all action. Each chapter moves the story forward at pace and keeps you "turning the page" so much so that I bought the e-book whilst at work when I had left my hard-copy at home!
I also warmed to DI Harry Evans. In spite of being non-pc and an old-school kind of detective, his NEED to remedy this situation is very well written. And Smith tempers the hard-lined DI with decent bouts of humour. Harry Evans is the kind of guy you'd like to go down the pub with, but not the kind of guy you would want to challenge.
Absorbing fiction from this debut novelist. I'm a fan and look forward to the next instalment.
Having met the team in the Major Crimes Team: Volume 1 Lines of Enquiry, I got to meet them all again and in particular Lauren flaunting "her femininity as a weapon of mass distraction". She uses her womanly wiles and physique to distract and confuse those naughty men to get the answers the team need to get the investigations one step closer to being solved.
All the characters are a little larger than you'd expect in life but it works. Campbell's straight-laced procedure-following ethics contrasts Evans' anything goes to get the job done attitude; Lauren over-egging her sexuality; even Chisholm's IT geekiness! The personalities fit and make the book an excellent read!
The story has plenty of pace with the team investigating robberies and cons with the effects of the kidnapping rumbling along without their knowledge. Will the kidnappers be caught? Will the children make it out unharmed? Only time will tell!
A big thank you to Noelle at CrimeBookJunkie for bullying...I mean encouraging me to read Snatched from Home. Can't wait to read Matching The Evidence!!
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.
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