Today is my stop on the blog tour for Bring Them Home and I am here today with a review of this fantastic book!
Title: Bring Them Home (Detective Karen Hart #1) Author: D. S. Butler Publisher: Thomas and Mercer Published: 11th October 2018 Pages: 304 Format: ebook Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary: A perfect village. A perfect crime.
When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert—and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.
DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.
Hart soon realises that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time…
I do not know what it is about police procedural books and TV shows that draws me in so much, but I am a true sucker for them and Bring Them Home was no different. From the prologue where we’re given a snippet of information about the crime that has taken place, until the very conclusion – I was well and truly hooked. A part of you knew that the police were following false leads, losing time and energy but you also couldn’t help but wonder. As with most crime books, I did try and solve the puzzle alongside the detectives and while I had my suspicions, I did not have anything concrete. The conclusion was such an interesting one and I really enjoyed reading it and discovering the truth behind it all.
One of the things that really kept me turning this page was the main protagonist, DS Hart. She has such a fascinating character to read about with an emotional history. She kept focussing on one suspect and was constantly made to feel like she was being biased. It made the read an interesting one for sure as she tries to navigate around a male territory with her thoughts. However, I also really enjoyed the entire team. I would love to read more about Rick, and how he deals with the things going on in his homelife. I’d also be interested in witnessing Sophie progress in her career too. The dynamic team really made this book that much more entertaining to read – it wasn’t just about the main crime but everything else going on too.
Lastly, there was also another side plot in this book with a domestic abuse victim that I really liked. It showed how compassionate and caring Karen Hart can be, as well as linking slightly to the main investigation too. This just added yet another aspect to this book which kept me enthralled and turning the page. D. S. Butler has done a fantastic job of writing an entertaining, addictive and emotional read. I found myself turning pages quickly and yearning to read when I wasn’t able to. Which is always what you want in a book.
So, if you’re looking for a good new crime book series to get stuck into, I would definitely recommend giving this book a read!
About the Author
Born in Kent, D. S. Butler grew up as an avid reader with a love for crime fiction and mysteries. She has worked as a scientific officer in a hospital pathology laboratory and as a research scientist.
After obtaining a PhD in biochemistry, she worked at the University of Oxford for four years before moving to the Middle East. While living in Bahrain, she wrote her first novel and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She now lives in Lincolnshire with her husband.