Monday, May 23, 2016
Lost Girls by Angela Marsons
Going backwards to DI Kim Stones book #3 -- because so many people seem to rave about this series and I want to know what I missed by starting with #4.
3.0 out of 5 stars -- Can you imagine having to bid against your best friends for the life of your daughter?
Two girls are kidnapped and the ransom is due. The person(s) holding the children don't ask for a specific amount -- they just want to know what it is worth to the parents to have their daughter come home alive. The catch is, the loser of the auction also loses their child.
DI Kim Stone of the West Midlands Police is assigned to the case right after the abduction and a press blackout is put in place because the same thing had happened with disastrous results just 13 months previously. The two sets of parents are frantic and one couple moves in with the other while the police set up shop in their dining room. Events escalate quickly and Kim her team have only one goal -- to bring both girls home alive.
I recently read #4 in the series and apparently am reading backwards as this is the third. Although the story is fast-paced and well plotted, I just can't get past the fact that I don't like DI Kim Stone. She is the typical brash and reckless cop who is stubborn and rarely follows orders, and she manages to always save the day and close the case (I don't think that is a spoiler as it is something we expect in this genre). She gets beaten up and keeps on going. She eats, sleeps, and breathes her cases while never being wrong. The rest of her team seem like flunkys. And in this one, a hostage negotiator seems romantically interested in her. Kim is also, of course, damaged by her past with a background that is vague. Regardless, I find myself still wanting to go back to books #1 and #2 because SO MANY people rave about them. I just don't know why this character leaves me cold.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC to review.