Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Bad Place and I am here today with a review of this charming book.
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: The Bad Place Publisher: Aria Fiction Published: 5th September 2019 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: The newspapers called it The Bad Place. A remote farm out on the Thames estuary, where six children were held captive for two weeks. Five of them got out alive.
That was twenty years ago. Now adults, they meet up annually to hold a candlelit vigil for their friend who died. The only rule is that no-one can talk about what happened the night they escaped. But at this year’s event, one of them witnesses a kidnapping. A young girl, Sammi, is bundled into a van in front of their eyes.
Is history repeating itself? Is one of them responsible? Or is someone sending them a twisted message?
DI Sasha Dawson, of Essex Police, is certain that the key to finding Sammi lies in finding out the truth about The Bad Place. But she also knows that with every second she spends trying to unlock the past, the clock ticks down for the missing girl…
This is one of those books that had me hooked from the synopsis. It sounded interesting and I just wanted to find out if the book lived up to it. Spoiler – it definitely did! I will admit that I almost put the book down after the first chapter. One of the characters was a bit of an arrogant arse and it frustrated me. Fortunately, he was not the main focus of the story and you didn’t see much of him in the rest of the book. So I pushed on and I am so very glad that I did.
The Bad Place follows DI Sasha Dawson after a sighting of a girl being abducted is reported. The events that lead on from this are disturbing and worrying. I found myself flipping quickly through the pages as more and more things unfolded. I had to know who was behind it all and whether or not DI Sasha Dawson was going to get to Sammi on time or if it was going to be too late.
On top of this moving plotline, M. K. Hill also truly introduces you to the characters in the book – specifically DI Sasha Dawson. You get to see her home life quite a bit and how she reacts to the other officers on her team. I really liked this aspect of the book and know that I definitely want to read more books with Sasha in – which I am sure was the author’s intention!
The book flows easily, while it also does jump back and forth between the present and past but it isn’t a jolting experience – especially as you don’t go back to the past very often. The author does a brilliant job of pulling the reader in and keeping you guessing until the very end. And I will admit that I had my suspicions of what was going on but I was not correct, which is always a good sign of a book in my opinion.
I would definitely recommend this book so if you’re looking for a good crime procedural book to get your teeth into – why not give this book a try.
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