Stolen by Paul Finch (Lucy Clayburn 3)

Paul Finch Stolen

How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?

DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.

Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.

Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I was so pleased to get my teeth into another Lucy Clayburn! I love Lucy as a character and the revelation of her personal life over the last two books is in my opinion a good enough reason to ensure you read these books in order. However, for some reason the actual storyline on this latest book has my opinion kind of torn down the middle.

I love the fact that Lucy is a real gritty character and one that is determined to do the right thing. However, normally this is accompanied by a storyline that has me gripped. For some treason this latest offering felt a little like a jigsaw puzzle and as much as I have finished the book, it felt like there were maybe some pieces that just didn’t fit right (hope that makes sense because it does in my head). Basically the storyline sees Lucy working a simple case which features dogs and dog fighting. Then the story interweaves another thread of pensioners going missing with their dogs, which is where Lucy’s curiosity takes her. Add into that some additional information and another thread featuring Frank McCracken and the Crew as well and you seem to have a storyline with almost too many moving parts.

Overall this was still a great read, but for me (and I am being picky as I have high expectations with this author) there could have been less m moving parts to make it feel more like a streamlined and cohesive book. That said, this still had me gripped (I particularly liked the character Sister Cassie) and by the end of the book I realised I was hankering for another Finch novel to get my teeth into., Because of that it has a 4/5 star rating rather than the full house.





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