A psychological crime novel from an author with 10 years experience as a probation officer in high security prisons
When Ellie goes missing on the first day of Schueberfouer, the police are dismissive, keen not to attract negative attention on one of Luxembourg’s most important events, its annual city fair. Probation officer Cate Austin has moved for a fresh start, along with her daughter Amelia, to live with her police detective boyfriend, Olivier Massard. But when she realizes just how casually he is taking the disappearance of Ellie, Cate decides to investigate matters for herself. She discovers Luxembourg has a dark heart. With its geographical position, could it be the center of a child trafficking ring? As Cate comes closer to discovering Ellie’s whereabouts she uncovers a hidden world, placing herself in danger, not just from traffickers, but from a source much closer to home.
What I love about this authors books, is that even though they all have the same main character, Cate Austin, all her books can easily be read as a stand alone. Saying that though once you’ve read one of Ruth Dugdall’s books you will be left wanting to read them all!
Cate has moved to pastures new in Nowhere Girl and I have to say I think it was the perfect place to set the story. Cate is trying to run away from certain parts of her past and she is hoping her new life with Olivier will bring her the peace and happiness she is looking for. As we find out though no matter how much distance you put between our problems they never really go away.
Cate leaving her old job behind her soon finds herself not being able to fully walk away from that part of her life and it isn’t long before she is roped into helping the mother of a missing girl. Only problem is, Olivier is also working on the same case and they certainly don’t hold the same views as to what happened to Ellie, the missing teenager.
The storyline actually really threw me. I thought I knew what had happened and what was going on but the author certainly throws some surprises in there so that I was so hooked to the story I had to keep turning the pages.
The relationship between Amina and Fahran really pulled at my heart strings through out the story and I really loved the bond that the two children had. I would love to see both these characters in another book as I know I for one would love to know more about what happened afterwards for these two.
Another brilliant book by the author and I can not wait to see what is next for Cate.
Many thanks to Legend Press and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
Nowhere Girl is due to be published on the 31 st of October, you can pre order a copy on Amazon.