David Booker returns to Romney Marsh on the south coast of England for a holiday. He is expecting to spend time helping his aunt and uncle pack up the stock of their second-hand bookshop in preparation for a happy retirement. He arrives in Dymchurch on a miserable April night to find his relatives missing without word or clue regarding their whereabouts. As events unravel, the outlook of the local police pushes Booker to search for his own answers to the questions surrounding his family’s disappearance. To unravel the mystery he will have to put himself in danger. Will Booker find the answers he needs and make it out alive?
I was quite envious of Booker’s aunt and uncle having their own bookshop but sadly Booker is called upon to help them dispatch the remaining books as they are having to close due to the lack of financial gain from running it. It was actually nice to hear of a grown man still having quite a close relationship with someone other that the immediate family, sadly though his return to Romney Marsh does not quite go to how he envisions it.
Booker is a bit of an enigma. He seems to drift from place to place and into relationship to relationship. He doesn’t seem to think things through, preferring to get caught up in the whole moment and seeing where life takes him.
Fearing for the worst his fears are soon founded and Booker gets caught up in the whole investigation as to what happened to his aunt and uncle. He soon strikes up a relationship of sorts with DC Cash who is working on his relatives case. The relationship between both is very much a straight forward one to start with but then a deepening of respect for both starts coming through and Cash probably makes a few more allowances for Booker than she should.
Bad Sons is not your straight forward typical crime series. Told in the first person by Booker himself, this is a tension fuelled read full of suspense. Booker and Cash are definitely a force to be reckoned with and I can not wait to see what the author has in store for us next.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Bad Sons is available to purchase from Amazon.
Oliver Tidy was born and bred on Romney Marsh, Kent. After a fairly aimless foray into adulthood and a number of unfulfilling jobs he went back to education and qualified as a primary school teacher.