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‘Gone Missing’ by T. J. Brearton

Katie Calumet is on an early-morning run when she hears a baby crying. The park is deserted, and there’s no one in the street. She follows the cries, but then everything goes black. When Katie wakes up, she’s blindfolded and her hands and feet are bound.

Detective Justin Cross takes on the case, but with the trail leading into endless dense forest, and a failing marriage weighing on his mind, finding Katie is his most challenging case yet – not least because the Calumet family are keeping secrets of their own.

Justin and Katie face a race against time that will push them both to their very limits. As Justin works day and night to discover who took her and why, Katie fights desperately to escape from her kidnappers and the forest that surrounds her…

Can Justin find her before it’s too late?

 

This is the second book by T.J. Brearton that I have read over the last couple of months and rest assured that it certainly won’t be the last as I really enjoyed it, but more about that in a bit.

I must say that the characters in this book are realistic and believable.  Katie Calumet is just your normal every day person, who hears a baby crying whilst out jogging.  When she goes to investigate Katie is herself kidnapped.  Katie is one feisty lady, with a strong determination that she has to do everything she can to escape her captors.  At the same time, she is scared of what the kidnappers have in mind for her.  Detective Justin Cross is more of a complex character with several layers to his character.  He is a determined police officer, who strives for justice for the victims of crime.  Katie’s case is allocated to Justin and he resolves to rescue Katie.  Justin throws himself into the case and at times he seems to have no regard for his own personal safety.    Justin is going through a bit of a tough time and he seems to be having difficulty balancing his professional life with his personal life.  His dedication to his job seems to take priority and his personal life suffers as a result.

I must say that I really did enjoy reading ‘Gone Missing’ and I think that it is extremely well written.  The book hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.  The author has clearly given a lot of thought to his characters and he cares about them, which shines through in the quality of his writing.  The characters are realistic.  The story is told from two points of view- from the point of view of Katie and from the point of view of Justin & the police investigation.  The author really does capture the sense of urgency and the sense of frustration such an investigation entails.  He certainly knows how to create a tense and dramatic atmosphere and ratchets up the sense of tension with ease.  At times there were definite OMG moments, where my heart rate increased and I actually had to hold my breath as I genuinely feared what was going to happen next.  Reading this book was similar to being on a rollercoaster ride with all the twists, turns and stomach churning moments.  Just when you think that you can relax, the action sets off again.

In short I really did enjoy this book and I would certainly recommend it to others.  I look forward to what comes next from T. J. Brearton.  I award this book 4* out of 5*.

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