Stolen by Paul Finch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - in and out over 2 days
Pages - 400
Publisher - Avon Books
Source - Review Copy
Blurb from Goodreads
How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?
DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.
Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.
Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…
Heads up guys, this book contains animal abuse/cruelty and can make for very hard/dark reading at times. It isn't throughout but it does have graphic scenes which some readers may find hard to read. The book starts with a police investigation, about to bust an illegal dog fighting ring and it kicks off from there. Homeless people are disappearing which doesn't cause too much of a stir but when "respectable" people start to go missing the police need to look into it.
Lucy is the main character, police officer and recently found out her father is one of the top men in a huge criminal enterprise. Conflicting between telling her work family, keeping her family at arms length and trying to get on top of the investigation poor Lucy is burning the candle at both ends.
A dark gritty story with lots of characters and veins of stories, the bad guys, the cops, the killer, the victims it gives you so much. This is book three in a series, this is the first book I have read by this author and don't feel I lost out on not having read the previous books. I will be checking them out though and catching up on the back story. Action pretty much non stop, brutal, gruesome, murder, violence galore, not for the faint hearted. Pacey and brutal, it may have been my first dance with Finch, it won't be my last!