Matilda Darke is back…
APRIL 2020: LOCKDOWN
DI Brady has been tracing victims of systemic abuse at a local children’s home after a high-profile accusation pitched it into the spotlight – a case that couldn’t be more personal.
As Matilda and her team piece together the disturbing picture of the history of the home, it soon becomes clear that this is much bigger than they ever suspected.
But nothing prepares them for what they uncover next…
The Lost Children is an utterly gripping crime thriller weaving a breakneck tale of a vast network of secrets and lies, a relentless detective determined to sabotage it, and a murder that shatters two decades of silence.
I haven’t read many books so far that have been set during the recent pandemic so was slightly dubious about how this may affect my enjoyment as the couple that I have read, I will admit I wasn’t over keen on it being part of the storyline. Thankfully it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this novel at all and thought the author handled it very well without going overboard on the subject.
The author is someone who isn’t afraid to run with topics that are hard hitting. Yet again he delivers a story that really gets under the readers skin. In this book, Matilda and her team are investigating claims of sexual abuse that took place years before at a local children’s home. Due to the subject nature, it was both shocking and heart breaking of what the boys endured. This is another of those stories that will have you having empathy for the killer as you will be questioning who are the biggest criminals at play. There is nothing more sickening than when someone uses their position and power to carry out despicable acts.
The Lost Children was an emotional, edge of your seat read. With so much to lose, there is a lot at stake for Matilda and her team who come under threat for trying to do their job. There is never a dull moment and I was gripped throughout, frantically turning the pages to discover the truth. The author sneaks a few unexpected twists in that had me gasping out loud. This series really should come with a health warning as it is highly addictive and always sends my heart racing, leaving me on an emotional high. The ending yet again has me eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. A five star crime series!
My thanks to One More Chapter and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.