Post-Referendum Britain and a country on high alert for terrorist attacks.
When a young political activist disappears in London, an off-the-wall PI Karen Andersen is put on the case. She uncovers secrets of a party system which prizes loyalty above truth, a serial killer and a female Jihadi plotting deadly revenge on the British Government.
If there’s one thing that I like doing, it’s discovering new authors. Louise Burfitt-Dons is certainly a new author for me but she is an author whose work I will definitely be reading again. I read the synopsis for ‘The Missing Activist’ and it was certainly a topical story. The synopsis intrigued me and I eagerly started to read. Oh boy ‘The Missing Activist’ was one very enthralling read, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit.
It took me no time at all to get into this story. In fact by the time I got to the end of the first page, I just knew that I was going to find it hard to be parted from the book. I must be psychic because that’s exactly what happened. I immersed myself so deeply into the story that I managed to shut out all other distractions and focus solely on the story itself. Usually I have the attention span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not in this case. I think that part of the book’s appeal was the fact that the plot could be describing modern day Britain. I had a suspicion of what was likely to happen and of course I had to keep reading to see if my suspicions were spot on or whether or not I had the wrong end of the stick entirely. Needless to say that I had the wrong end of the stick entirely. This story kept me gripped and on the edge of my seat throughout, whih was a bit uncomfortable at times! I soon raced to the end of the story, which I was slightly disappointed about. I don’t mean that in a negative fashion but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the storylines and the characters so much that I just wish that the story had been longer.
Louise Burfitt-Dons has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. She catches your eye with a thrilling sounding synopsis and she then subtly draws you into the story. Once Louise has your attention, she won’t let you have it back until the moment you read the very last word on the very last page. Not that I would have wanted my attention back. I felt as though I was part of the story myself and that’s thanks to Louise’s very vivid and realistic storytelling. This was a gripping story with a fair few twists and turns along the way. The story certainly kept me guessing.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Missing Activist’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will definitely be reading more of Louise’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.