If you were searching for answers about the mysterious disappearance of your father, but were warned that pulling at that thread would put you in grave danger… would you pull at it anyway?
A turbulent seaside town holds a dark secret. Terror reigns in the form of drug king pin, Smiler, whose core business is to exploit the vulnerable. Hope is all but non existent.
Tommy Dawson has believed for most of his life that his dad, Timothy, ran out on him when he was just two years old, leaving him to grow up in survival mode with his mum and brother, who had become more focussed on their drug habits than his welfare.
That’s until information comes to light which suggests that his dad’s disappearance isn’t all it seems.
Tommy and his trusted sidekick, Kirsten, embark upon a quest to uncover the truth, taking them to the darkest corners of Granville and uncovering shocking secrets that will reveal the town’s disturbing underbelly.
The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson is a Young Adult fiction, with dark themes that expose sinister secrets. It takes place in a poor, forgotten seaside town in the north of England, called Granville-upon-sea, a place that was once glorious is now rife with drugs and poverty.
The story is a coming of age mystery, following the journey of Tommy, a likeable chap that’s been dealt an unfair hand in life. His mum and brother are addicts and he is left for the most part to fend for himself. The mystery of his father’s whereabouts hadn’t bothered him at all until, bit by bit, information surfaces suggesting maybe his dad didn’t just leave them after all. As the story unfurls, the plot takes a dark turn and Tommy, along with his friends, must face evil head on in order to expose the truth.
What an absolute gem of a read this was.
You don’t read many crime books that have a teen protagonist. I would say it would certainly appeal to young adults as well as older adults. Think a more grown up version of an Enid Blyton book but with less children and more thrilling.
Tommy was a great character. To say his home life isn’t the best, he has certainly turned into a young man that any parent would be proud of. Having always thought his dad had just walked out on them, it was understandable that when he gets an inkling that his dad wasn’t the waste of space he was led to believe that he is determined to find out what actually happened to him.
Kirsten is his side kick as such. She has been a constant friend to him through out school and I loved the blossoming relationship between both. They obviously care about each other and she is just as determined for Tommy’s sake that he gets some answers.
The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson was such an engaging read. It has all that you would expect from a crime thriller but toned down so that any violence is kept to a minimum. That doesn’t mean you don’t feel the threat and the full volume of the atrocities within the pages, as you certainly do. I really enjoyed this book and can not wait for more in the series. An intriguing and unputdownable read that I would recommend to everyone.
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book which I won in a giveaway.
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