How far would you go to find your missing sister?
A normal day in the park turns into a nerve shredding nightmare for eleven-year-old Marnie Hammond when she finds herself in a desperate chase to stop the ‘bad man,’ from abducting Abby.
Fifteen years later, Marnie is a Detective Sergeant but the memory of her missing sister still haunts her dreams.
When it becomes clear that someone is stalking the streets of Kirkhead DS Hammond has her hands full, and after remains are discovered buried in dense woodland, Marnie fears the worst. But this is only the start of a nightmare that will unearth more bones, more victims and the terror that Abby might be among the dead.
To stop the monster Marnie knows she must break the rules, but when the twisted killer turns his attention on her it becomes a fight not only for the truth but for her sanity and her survival.
Can Marnie catch the murderer and solve her sister’s disappearance?
This is the first book in the thrilling new Marnie Hammond Series
Keep You Near is the first book in a brand spanking new crime series featuring Marnie Hammond and wow what a book!
Marnie has understandably never gotten over her sister being abducted. When a new case comes up that could finally solve the mystery of her sister, it starts to get a bit much for Marnie. To be fair she does hold it together quite well but Marnie is in total turmoil inside herself.
I have to say Marnie and a young lad called Luke were the stand out characters in this novel for me. I love Marnie and the story line to do with her sister and the current case was one that had me totally gripped. Luke is a very troubled soul and for some one so young he has had a pretty tough time and sadly things don’t seem to be getting much better for him. It’s down to Marnie who tries to take Luke under her wing and try and save him.
The author tackles quite a few subjects that are very current in todays world. As if having a serial killer on the lose isn’t bad enough we also see a story line to do with neglect and domestic abuse. There are certainly quite a few undesirable people in this story which made me feel more involved in what was going on as I felt as strongly as some of the characters in this novel about them. Some very nasty pieces of work to say the least but you will have to rad the story for yourself to see if they get their comeuppance or not!
Keep You Near is without a doubt a brilliantly dark and gripping read. The author has set the bar very high with this book and left me very much eager for more. Set at a steady pace with a race towards the end, it was the perfect crime story for me.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Keep You Near is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.