Top positive review
A great sequel to Stranger Child
13 February 2016
Well, Rachel Abbott has done it again. Although this is a shorter story, it is just as gripping as her previous reads and has that ability to make you want to carry on reading even though it's past your bedtime or you should be cracking on with your day job.
Unlike Abbott's previous stories, which are stand-alone stories featuring the wonderful DCI Tom Douglas, this one is a follow-on from Stranger Child. It is highly recommended that you read Stranger Child first, as it goes straight into things and it is assumed you know about lead character, 13-year-old Tasha Joseph, and the background to her story. Tasha is very streetwise for her age due to her upbringing but also very vulnerable. Nowhere Child starts eight months after the shocking end of Stranger Child, Tasha has been missing the whole time and she has her step-mother Emma, the police and people in her previous life all after her. I felt very strongly for Tasha and wanted to give her a big hug. I also liked her friend Andy and her step-mother Emma, who both just want the best for Tasha. It goes without saying that DCI Douglas is his usual brilliant self and will do anything to protect people in danger.
I was one of these people who had been OK with the ending of Stranger Child, as a cliffhanger allows you to draw your own conclusions. But it was good to see what had become of Tasha and her family, even if Tasha's story is grim. It meant I came to care for the characters more than I already had from reading Stranger Child. Another sterling effort from Rachel Abbott.