Top positive review
An unmissable thriller - an easy five stars.
4 May 2017
The newest member of Morton’s team, DI Rafferty is the only person who appears to care when a young woman’s partner goes missing. When a ransom is demanded, DCI Morton and his team become officially involved, amid very real fears that lives are in danger.
“Missing Persons” falls into the physiological thriller category and I want to be careful not to reveal too much and so spoil enjoyment for future readers. Re-reading the story, (which I did as soon as I’d finished the last page), the clues are all there. My own growing sense of unease kept pace with the gradual awareness of Morton and his team that all is not as it seems in this particular missing persons case. Suspense increased as the mystery deepened, and the plot line ceased to be a plot line and became completely absorbing. I totally identified with DI Rafferty; though unorthodox her actions were those of any decent human being; it was easy to emphasise with her despair and rage as events escalated beyond her control … and then beyond Morton’s control.
Throughout this series, descriptions of London are deftly woven into the stories. Missing Persons centres around the Grand Union Canal; the long straight cut of water that runs alongside Regent’s Park, through the romantically named Little Venice; the not so romantic Wormwood Scrubs and eventually onto Birmingham. The water gypsy lifestyle attracts artistic souls, and is typically a semi-transient lifestyle with its own culture and mores. Although Sean and Dan always bring something new and fresh to this genre, this fascinating insight into London’s often neglected waterway added an extra dimension and originality to Missing Persons. In my opinion, the Campbell brothers are easily up there with the big names in crime writing. A strong sense of pace and as mentioned before, original story lines combine with an increasing depth of characterisation and revelation of what makes people – cops and killers included – tick.