Stolen (DI Michael Gardner #1) by Rebecca Muddiman

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Book Description:

When Abby Henshaw is brutally attacked by two strangers in the countryside, her first thought is for the safety of her baby daughter, Beth. But what follows is a mother’s worst nightmare: Beth is gone and Abby’s world collapses around her.

As DI Michael Gardner begins to investigate Abby and her family, he discovers lives built on secrets and betrayals. Under pressure from his bosses to find the missing child and to unearth the truth, Gardner finds himself struggling to stay emotionally removed from the case, and from Abby herself.

After the authorities finally shelve their investigation, Abby receives a message telling her where she can find her daughter. But how can she convince those around her that the girl really is Beth when they are the very people she knows least?

A gripping and haunting debut, Stolen is a richly imagined psychological thriller from an exciting new talent in crime writing.

My Thoughts:

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!

This book just hit the ground running right from the start. Boy what a start. This has to be one of the most shocking and uncomfortable starts to a book I have ever read. What poor Abby endures is truly shocking. Not just at the beginning but the whole way through the book.

My heart totally went out to Abby in this story. To not only have to endure being attacked, she then has to try and go on with her life after her baby girl goes missing. You don’t have to be a mother to feel the pain and torture that Abby is feeling. She never gives up on finding her daughter and even though she is constantly on DI Michael Gardners back, the pair strike up an unlikely friendship.

I loved Gardner. He has never forgotten the case of the missing baby Beth. It’s not just Abby who is a constant reminder to him but I think he has quietly beaten himself up over the years in not being able to solve the case. It is understandable that to a certain point he has got slightly fed up of the constant accusations that Abby makes and is reluctant to follow up every one of them.

When Abby receives a message five years after her daughters disappearance telling her where to find her daughter the story gets extremely shocking and twisted.

Stolen is just an outstanding start to a new crime series. I was gripped from the moment I started it and read it in one day. If you want to be taken on a whirlwind roller coaster of a read then look no further. Highly recommended.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Stolen is available to purchase from Amazon.

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