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Hush Little Baby Paperback – 23 July 2020
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- Publisher : Aria (23 July 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1838934731
- ISBN-13 : 978-1838934736
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.54 x 19.8 cm
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Teenager Jordan skips registration and skives off school to hunker down at a building site for a cheeky cigarette. She did not expect to make the discover that she did. The bare arm of a child protruding from the the rubble surrounding a block of concrete. She screams, alerting the construction crew on site, and scarpering as the builders approach.
DC Beth Chamberlain is enjoying a day off with her sister Eden and her daughter Lily when her mobile rings. It can only mean one thing. Work. Her sergeant and lover, DS Nick Geary, informs her of the discovery of a infant's remains encased in a block of concrete. Almost at once, her superiors recall a case from fifteen years previous. Alicia Owens disappeared along with her pram after her mother Marie, not wanting to disturb the sleeping three month old, had left it unattended to pick up a few groceries. When she returned, Alicia had gone alone with her pram. A search prevailed the pram but the attachable car seat and Alicia's change bag were nowhere to be found.
Could this be baby Alicia?
The investigation into identifying the infant's remains lead to Beth and Nick informing the Owens family to prepare them for the possibility of it being Alicia. What ensues is the re-examination of the old case and the opening up of old wounds. Acting as Family Liaison Officer to both parents despite the couple divorcing twelve years before, Beth takes Marie and her former husband Daniel's DNA to assist in identifying the remains. But what none of them expect is what the tests throw up...
But the case at hand is not the only thing on Beth's mind. At the conclusion of the previous book, they had learned that the serial killer they had imprisoned had somehow escaped custody and no one knew where he was. If he was smart, Dale Yates would be a long way from here. But then he had a score to settle and his own sense of warped justice to deliver. Since receiving this news, her superior DCI Freeman had ensured that Beth was never alone with Nick always remaining close by. But since his promotion to acting DI for the investigation into identifying the child's remains, his work hours have been somewhat extended leaving Beth to return home at night alone. Then little things started happening. Her side gate left unlocked. The sense of someone having been in her house. The care with the cloned plates tailgating her. Was this all just a coincidence? Or has Yates come for her?
As the first case is solved and wrapped up, Beth finds herself thrust to the forefront of another investigation...this time with her as a victim. The twist, which sees an unexpected turn of events concerning her sister, is a shock and leaves Beth reeling.
HUSH LITTLE BABY is a gripping thriller which focuses on both the police investigation as well as those of the victims and an anonymous person seemingly stalking the investigation. It's page-turning and entertaining enough to keep you engaged but the pace did dip a little in the middle before it raced to the end.
An enjoyable read, HUSH LITTLE BABY can be read as a standalone though it probably helps to read the preceding books to get a full understanding of the ongoing backstory.
The story is hard hitting and confrontational, but with Jane’s experience as an established author, she deals with it extremely well. Nothing in the story is sugarcoated, which does make for a gut wrenching, realistic and compelling read.
With each book that is released, I just love Beth more and more. She is the heart and soul of the series and is always such a pleasure to read. Her mettle is definitely tested this time around, when the case becomes personal in a terrifying way and that also brings with it an evil back from her past.
What makes this series stand out for me is that it is told from Beth’s perspective, as a family liaison officer and not from a police detective’s, which does make for a point of difference and a nice change.
Jane Isaac is on fire with this series and Hush Little Baby is another outstanding addition to it. Each story can be read as a stand-alone and is easy to follow along, but it does make for a better reading experience starting with book one.
Hush Little Baby is a gripping, thrilling and twisty read that I could not get enough of which I highly recommend and I can’t wait to see what Jane comes up with next! Thanks for another brilliant read Jane.
Thank you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Jane Isaac for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Hush Little Baby which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The body of a baby is found on a building site and it needs to be determined who the baby is. Alica disappeared 15 years ago and her parents have been grieving for her since - separately though, as they broke up. Could this baby be her, all this time later?
Other than trying to figure out who killed this baby, Beth needs to sort out her messy personal life and keep an eye out for an escaped serial killer. Yep, someone clearly decided that she needed more to do!
A very well written book.
4.5 stars from me.