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Oh wow!! This was a mysterious and twisted story with the missing child trope. Author M. A. Hunter gave me hours of delicious listening as the story took a life of its own and became the focus of my day.
Cassie was returning back from a party with her mother when she was abducted. Her parents were devastated. Her grandfather asked a brilliant investigative journalist/author Emma Hunter to find her.
This was Emma’s debut into the series where she had one investigation in her laurels and a bestseller book in which she had exposed years of child abuse. She herself had lost her sister 20 years ago and was searching for her. Her passion was fiery and came across when she diligently started digging through files and interviewing people. Author Stephen Edgar/M. A. Hunter was brilliant in her characterization, slowly writing up her backstory. She stood out like abeacon drawing me into the story.
When the author said in the afterwords that the characters spoke to him, I could see it in the story. Each of them was distinct and set in their ways. With dual timelines, I got a complete 360 degrees view of what happened on that fateful day and the investigation as it was now.
The plot lines had a few unanswered questions which led me to the final reveal long before I reached the last page. My suspect had already been narrowed down to one. I wanted to know if I was right.
Fast paced and entertaining, the author sure made it fun to travel the roads that Emma took, peppered with red herrings and clues. Emotions were stacked up well. But it was Emma’s story through and through. Hints of where the next case would head in the last line made me more eager to get to the second book in the Missing Children Case Files series.
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Some secrets are too big to bury…
Investigative journalist Emma Hunter never thought she’d be a bestselling author. Especially not for a blistering exposé of the brutal horrors committed at a children’s home.
Some secrets breed in the dark…
All she wants is to return home to the anchoring salt air and solitude of Weymouth where questions still fester unanswered and a twenty-year-old secret binds her to the beach.
And some of them always escape…
But then she finds herself sucked into the chaos of another cold case and soon realises the search for the missing girl will not only unearth the rot ravaging the safety of children across the south of England, but could even solve the mystery that has tortured her since she was seven years old…
Publication Date: September 2020
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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