Detective Inspector James Chisolm embarks on an extensive search to find fifteen-year-old Kathy Shackleton, who disappears after leaving school one afternoon.
The trail ends with Lloyd Robins, her biology teacher, and the inspector’s best friend. But he denies knowledge of Kathy’s whereabouts.
When police intelligence leads to an abandoned house, perched on top of a heavily wooded hill, chilling evidence is discovered which suggests that Kathy could be the latest victim in a spate of child abduction and murders. One piece of the evidence stuns Inspector Chisolm. But no one besides him knows of the intimate connection to Lloyd Robins. Will loyalty to his friend supersedes the inspector’s commitment to honesty and justice?
The detectives draw on their vast experience but find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators. With time running out, they unravel vital pieces of the mystery and in the nick of time, Inspector Chisolm announces the discovery of the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
But the drama is far from over. The police are caught in a vicious tailspin. And Inspector Chisolm faces decisions he has never had to make in his twenty-five-year career.
Full of Twists & Turns!
This is an intricate and detailed mystery – one which will keep you hooked to the end!
Inspector James Chisholm prides himself on being a first class detective, always in the pursuit of truth. When fifteen-year old Kathy Shackleton goes missing, it is down to him to find out where she is, but when his best friend becomes a suspect can Chisholm keep on the straight and narrow?
This is a very busy story with lots going on; plenty of twists and turns abound – too many perhaps? Whilst the story itself is gripping, it’s all about the case. There are no details of locale or characters and I wasn’t entirely sure where it was set. As I’m British, it was perhaps more obvious to other readers but I struggled. From time to time, the language wasn’t standard English but I wondered if this was more in the speech and perhaps due to the setting? I also picked up on several errors but at times wasn’t sure if these were down to the dialect .. and these certainly distracted me from the book. However, it’s still a very readable novel, just in need of an edit I would say. The idea is excellent, and the tale rather gripping twisting this way and that before it’s all solved. Chisholm seems to be a character worth staying with, I would just like to have known more about both him and the other characters. Well worth three stars and, with a little attention this could easily increase.
My thanks to author Sheldon Peart for my copy; this is, as always, my honest and original review.
Tags: crime mystery
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 202 pages
- Publication Date: 26 September 2019
- Links: Goodreads