An excellent crime read featuring DCI Janine Lewis who is leading the investigation into the death of a three year old boy whose body is found, after he has been missing for nine days. I really liked the character of Janine – she is good at her job, funny and above all as a mother, she empathises with and shows compassion towards people, seeming to have the knack of putting herself in people’s shoes. A single mother, she juggles her home and work lives as well as she can and comes across as extremely human, especially when she starts to doubt herself.
This is a quick read, I devoured it in one lazy day, but it doesn’t feel skimped at all. The detail you need is all there but with no extra padding. The story has plenty of twists and turns in it and even though I was constantly trying to work it all out in my head, the author really did surprise me in the end.
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I always enjoy Cath Staincliffe. They are satisfying and humane crime novels with likeable women characters who are tough but human and a strong Manchester setting. This one reads like a TV script (maybe it is the book of the TV programme? I know I've already seen it on TV a while ago). It is a gripping story with an ingenious conclusion, but the characters are not fleshed out and there is little description or background. A bit too "bare bones" for me. I preferred her latest Sal Kilkenny story.