109. In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter

Synopsis (as taken from the back of the book) is as follows:

Nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by £1 million daily and she’s pretty sure that someone close to this case is lying…

Ability to Read – Right from the first chapter I found things confusing with the changing POVs but after adjusting, it was easy enough to understand.

Characterisation – I felt that the characters were too generic and plain. None of the characters had backgrounds that I found particularly believable and they all acted in a way that was predictable.

When I read ‘The Boy in the Photo’ by Nicole Trope, the idea of a husband kidnapping his child and disappearing was believable and worrying. However, Anna Tate’s backstory of her own child being taken by her ex and disappearing, didn’t sound believable at all with her being a DCI.

Visualisation – It was easy to visualise what was happening here as the scenes were limited and the characters small.

Enjoyment – I was so disappointed with this. The premise sounded very good and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. However, a fly away comment in chapter three gave the entire game away for me. From that point on, I knew exactly what was going to happen and why.

Star Rating – ★★

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