Detectives Rowan Jackman and Marie Evans are told that their IT boss has disappeared. They soon suspect foul play. Orla Cracken, known as Orac, is no ordinary techie; she was once a field agent traveling abroad undercover, working for the government.
Meanwhile DC Robbie Melton discovers that two people, both urban explorers, have mysteriously disappeared while out exploring abandoned buildings. One went missing at a disused airfield, but was it a military base, or was it civilian?
The gruesome discovery of their decaying bodies found hanging in ancient church ruins bursts the case wide open, and Jackman and Evans are under pressure to find the killer.
It soon becomes clear that the murderer is targeting urban explorers, but why is he determined to track down and torture these innocent people, and how is the case connected to Orac’s mysterious past, still shrouded in secrecy?
They Disappeared’ is the seventh book in the bestselling series featuring Detective inspector Rowan Jackman and Detective Sergeant Marie Evans. I have read and loved each book in the series so far. I had high hopes for ‘They Disappeared’ and I wasn’t disappointed. ‘They Disappeared’ is another amazing addition to the series and I thoroughly enjoyed every single word of it, but more about that in a bit.
As soon as I started to read ‘They Disappeared’, I knew that I wasn’t going to doing anything else for the rest of the day other than read the book. To say that reading ‘They Disappeared’ became addictive is a massive understatement. I picked the book up only intending to dip a toe in the water and make a start on reading the book but I became that wrapped up in the story that I read more like half a dozen chapters. For me, ‘They Disappeared’ really was an unputdownable pageturner of a read. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story. I seemed to speed through the story at the pace of Usain Bolt. At one point the pages seemed to turn that quickly that the page numbers all blurred into one. I soon got to the end of the story and I had to bid farewell to Jackman and Evans.
‘They Disappeared’ is superbly written but then I think that to be true of Joy’s books in general. She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into the story. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout. In fact reading this book felt more like watching a Hollywood film with all the drama, intrigue, suspense and espionage. There were more twists and turns to this story than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board. Reading this book felt like being on one hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with no idea in which direction the story is going to take you next. For me, ‘They Disappeared’ is a tightly plotted, superbly written page turner of a book that gripped me from start to finish and had me on the edge of my seat throughout.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘They Disappeared’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Joy’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board has to be 5* out of 5*.‘