Vinnie’s romantic holiday did not go as planned. There was an assault, his companion was threatened and the police asked them to leave.
And when Vinnie returns to his police job in Manchester, things don’t get much better, as he finds himself at the heart of an investigation that stretches from Manchester to all corners of Europe. Women are being trafficked into the UK and forced into prostitution, and while the police are diligent in their enquiries, they seem to have a rogue in their midst.
As events unravel, the lines between good and bad, police and criminals, seem to become more and more blurred… and the stakes for all involved are getting higher.
I feel rather embarrassed to admit that although I have Roger’s first two books in the series on my ever increasing ‘TBR’ (to be read) mountain, I haven’t actually read one yet. What a mistake to make!!! Now I have woken up and smelt the coffee (as the saying goes) and I have realised just how fantastic an author Roger is, I can guarantee that the books will not be on that mountain for very much longer. I absolutely loved ‘Hidden’ but more about that in a bit.
What can I say about Vinnie and Christine? Vinnie is a Detective Inspector with the police in Manchester. When the book begins, he is on holiday with his girlfriend, Christine and they are having some much needed rest and relaxation. Christine is a television journalist with a local station. I did wonder if their relationship was a good idea given that quite often the police are suspicious of media types. I needed have worried though because their relationship works. One complements the other. When you think about it both characters are tenacious, determined, stubborn, hard working and feisty. Something happens on their holiday and they can’t help but become involved in the case but from different perspectives – Vinnie from the legal point of view and Christine from the media point of view. Their holiday is cut short and they return home. It soon turns out that trouble could be on the horizon. What happens? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Oh my word, it’s rare for me to find a series that I click with as soon as I begin to read the first page. I had an inkling that I would become addicted to the story and so it proved to be. I think that I warmed to both Vinnie and Christine from the start and I couldn’t help but keep reading as I was desperate to discover if they finished the book in one piece. I feared for their safety and I kept wanting to leap into the pages of the book to defend them. The pages turned increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out what happened increased. I lost all track of time whilst I was reading the book. I picked the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but because I was so into the story and I liked the two lead characters, I was still sat there reading over half a dozen chapters later. I tried to pace myself so that I could prolong my enjoyment of the book but that attempt soon flitted out of the window. I binge read the book over the course of a day and I loved it!
I love Roger’s writing style. He has created such likeable characters and such realistic storylines that you can’t help but be swept along by the story. He has a way of writing that really does make you feel as though you are part of the story yourself. That’s how I felt anyway. His writing style draws you in from the start and by dangling enough bait in front of your nose, he ensures that you keep reading. For me, ‘Hidden’ hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout. In fact ‘Hidden’ had the feel of a television drama or a film.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Hidden’ and I will definitely be recommending this book and this author to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Roger comes up with next. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. Whilst I wait, I will most definitely be reading the other books in the series just as soon as I can. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.