Synopsis: The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die. When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad. Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?
Kat’s Rating: 5/5
Kat’s Review: This latest release by Angie Marsons is a brilliant read, and one that is very easy to get lost in, and before you know it your whole day has disappeared. Sadly for my husband, that meant no dinner, and for me it meant I was an hour late for an appointment. Kim Stone is likeable, but (as most characters seem to be) far from perfect. I think what I really like about Kim is that she has no social skills whatsoever and it bothers her a lot less than other people. This is such a strong character element that adds to this series that it makes it that little bit more special.
When Kim is pulled in by her boss, she had no idea that what was heading her way was a rather big deal. The big deal came in the form of tracking down two small girls that have been abducted. Not only do the parents have the harrowing task of waiting to see if Kim can find them, they are also being tested to see which set of parents will come up with the highest ransom amount. This was such a clever plot line, and one that just ups the ante in terms of suspense. From the word go the tension runs high in this fast running and complex plot. As an added bonus we get to see Kim’s colleagues a lot more which I like, as you really feel like you are getting to know each one of them individually.
As tension mounts the parents come into play (one of whom has a bit of history with Kim) and there are some definite “oh no” moments. The addition of two outsiders that are brought in to help with the case makes for some VERY interesting developments (Angie you naughty person leaving the ending like that!). The ending was extremely frenetic, but in a good way and I was left feeling annoyed again that I have to wait AGES for the next one. Angie has absolutely done herself proud with this series. It’s a great set of books that seem to be getting better with each one she writes. I am really looking forward to seeing what comes next for Kim!