Did she slip through the cracks, or was she pushed?
When a severed hand is found in an abandoned flat, Detective Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her? It seems that Natasha’s family are the people who can least be trusted.
Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist. Hampered by a widespread fear of a local heavy, as well as internal politics and possible corruption within the force, Porter and Styles are digging for answers, but will what they find ever see the light of day?
If there are two things this Ginger Book Geek likes, it is discovering new authors and discovering local authors based in the North East of England. With Robert Scragg, I have killed (not literally) two birds with one stone. I read the synopsis for ‘What Falls Between The Cracks’ and I was immediately intrigued. I just knew that this was one book I had to read as soon as possible. I couldn’t wait to get a copy and just dive in. I was not to be disappointed as I absolutely loved reading ‘What Falls Between The Cracks’ but more about that in a bit.
I both took to and loved the detective pairing of Detectives Porter and Styles from the moment I first met them. They are work colleagues but they are also firm friends. They have worked with each other for a while now and they know that they can rely on each other. This partnership certainly produces results. I loved the black sense of humour that they both shared. They use humour as their coping mechanism. Detective Porter has been through his own heartache as he lost his wife in an accident. I get the impression that this happened quite recently as he seems to be going through the early stages of grief. Naturally the loss of his wife still affects him greatly and it occasionally affects his work. Styles on the other hand seems settled, happily married and quite stable.
I had a lot of trouble believing that ‘What Falls Between The Cracks’ is a debut novel as the story is so polished, so well written and the author has the confidence of a more established author. The book starts with a bang and maintains the pace throughout. The story starts in a way that I am certainly not going to forget it. I was hooked on this book from the moment I picked the book up and began to read. The author grabs your attention from the first word and he doesn’t let it go until you have reached the end of the book. That was certainly the case for me. I became addicted to reading the book and if I had to put the book down then I would count down the time until I could pick it up again. It was as if I was under the book’s spell and in desperate need of my next fix. The story is so realistic that I felt as though I was a member of the investigating team. I even found myself beginning to interact with the book. Before anybody says anything, I know it’s a work of fiction but if I am convinced by the storyline and I am enjoying the book then I begin to ‘live’ the story. Reading ‘What Falls Beneath The Cracks’ was much like riding on an unpredictable and on occasion rather scary rollercoaster with lots of highs, lots of lows and moments that will leave you wanting to put your hands over your eyes to avoid seeing what awaits you on the page.
In conclusion, I found this to be an excellent debut novel that is fantastically written and a fabulous read. I would definitely recommend that you read this book. Robert Scragg is definitely a name to watch out for and he deserves huge success. I can’t wait to read what he comes up with next. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.