This is the first book in the Andrew Hunter series, a private investigator who took up following deterring wayward husbands, till Richard Carr comes to his office asking him to find his son Nicholas Carr.
The book took its time helping me to find a rhythm in its read, there were too many descriptions and thoughts in the initial half when I wanted solid investigation. But once the initial laying down of foundation of Andrew Hunter and his assistant Jenny was done, it went on to a professional thorough look into the case of the disappearing son.
Andrew Hunter as an investigator was unassuming, his gift of gab was supposedly the only weapon he had, didn’t see him using gun or knife or even fight when gun or knife appeared on the scene. Jenny was a fun, cool assistant directly in contrast to Andrew; they worked pretty well together.
The story got interesting in the latter half, time galloped faster then. I loved the surprise twist closer to the end. An ex-wife, an infidel brute of a husband, a flaming car, a staker-ish son, a helpless wife added to potpourri of the plot.
Overall a good book by Kerry Wilkinson. I enjoyed the investigative parts far more, they made the book more solid.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
This is a reprint of the 2014 book originally published by Pan, nw by Bookouture.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
Kerry Wilkinson is something of an accidental author. His debut, Locked In, the first title in the detective Jessica Daniel series, was written as a challenge to himself but, after self-publishing, it became a UK Number One bestseller within three months of release and the series as a whole has sold over one million copies. Kerry has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.
Nicholas Carr disappeared on his eighteenth birthday and the world has moved on. His girlfriend has left for university, his friends now have jobs and the police are busy dealing with the usual gallery of suspects.
But his father, Richard, can’t forget the three fingers the police dug up from a sodden Manchester wood. What happened to Nicholas on the night he disappeared and why did he never return home?
A private investigator is Richard’s last hope – but Andrew Hunter has his own problems. There’s something about his assistant that isn’t quite right. Jenny’s brilliant but reckless and he can’t figure out what’s in it for her. By the time he discovers who’s a danger and who’s not, it might all be too late . . .
Publication date : 8th October, 2018
Publisher : Bookouture