Little Boy Lost by @JPCarterAuthor

Innocence is no protection against evil…

One early October afternoon, ten-year-old Jacob Rossi begins the short walk home from school. But he never makes it.

 
Days later, DCI Anna Tate is called to the scene of a burning building, where an awful discovery has been made. A body has been found, and the label in his school blazer reads: J. Rossi.

 
As Anna starts digging, she soon learns that a lot of people had grudges against the boy’s father. But would any of them go so far as to take his son?

And is the boy’s abductor closer than she thinks?

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[The tension was mounting in the back of the armed response van as it sped towards its destination]  

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(Avon Books, 23 January 2020, 400 pages, ebook, ARC from @AvonBooksUK via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed #BlogTour 28 January 2020)

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I’d never heard of the author before but I love crime fiction and the blurb intrigued me. I had a great time reading this so I’ve clearly missed out. I have another must read to author to add to my rather large list. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is that the author uses a sort of story-within-a-story structure that I haven’t come across in crime fiction before. I thought this worked really well. The main story focuses on investigating Jacob Rossi’s death. The investigation happens to coincide with riots across the city that spill out into surrounding towns. There is an interesting sub plot around what happens to Anna’s daughter during the riots which is separate from the police investigation. I wondered where this was going to lead and I enjoyed the way the book alternated between this and the police investigation. This was a nice touch. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it as a police procedural that offers something a bit different.  

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