This is book 9 in the series, so it would be advisable to have read at least a couple of the previous books first to understand the dynamics of the team. Saying this the book can be read as a standalone as it doesn’t take long to work out what is happening and has happened in the past.
Before I get onto the main storyline in this book I have to congratulate Helen on the way she has developed the characters and built them up so strongly, ensuring the series is still fresh and improving with each new book.
The book starts off with Calladine’s house being broken into at night, whilst he is asleep upstairs. When he confronts the burglar he is given the name of the mastermind, Street. Armed with this information Calladine and Bayliss have to investigate the spate of burglaries, but there is also a vigilante group out doing the same thing.
Along with this story line there is another one revolving around the missing child of a wealthy couple who have made it big despite of their upbringings.
The missing child case takes priority for a while, until the vigilante group catch a thief, who then turns up dead. With this murder the police attention switches back and forth between the two cases as they are both as important as each other.
The way the book switches between each case ensures you never know what is going to happen next and kept me hooked trying to work it all out. The plot is very well written and the way the two stories intermingle made it a very captivating and enjoyable read.
This is book 9 in the Calladine & Bayliss series but it does work well as stand alone.
A missing 3 year old child, Drugs, vigilantes, burglaries and murder. Calladine and his team are really up against it. When a fellow Detective has a heart attack Calladine finds the whole lot is for his team to investigate.
There is a lot going on in this book as the team buckle down to start following leads. They are getting nowhere fast. Who is the elusive Street and why are the criminals they have arrested being released? It smacks of corruption and when Calladine is ordered to back off investigating Street his worst fears are realised.
Reading this series is a bit like coming home. Familiar characters but you always learn something new and the advantage of these books is Helen is such a brilliant author she manages to write the books so you can step in at any point in the series and quickly catch up. No repetitive text to bore the readers who are following the series but enough to fill in blanks for new readers.
This is a twisty turny book that I simply couldn't put down there are real shockers all the way through and it is packed with suspense to keep the adrenaline pumping. WOW what an awesome read and when it gets towards the end and the clues start to link the different threads you think you have worked out what the ending is going to be..... Wrong! The ending is a total unexpected mind blowing shock.
An absolutely brilliant read that had me turning page after page. 5 golden stars from me.
This is a stay-up-all-night-to-finish book, with all the red herrings, twists and turns and police being overwhelmed by either too many or too few villains, that a mystery lover could desire in one book! Has a missing child got anything to do with drug abuse or the divide between the richer and poorer ends of town? This question and many more are what’s facing the Police and the reader. Enjoy!