Jennifer Lee Thomson’s Blog Tour – Review Two

22 February 2022

This Blog is from Donna’s Book Reviews

I’m a big fan of Scottish crime, and the crime writing standard in Scotland is particularly high.
I had never heard of this author, but the title and blurb sounded intriguing, and I was right to take the plunge. The story follows DI Wadell, who has to investigate missing women in the city of Glasgow. His partner and friend is lying in hospital in a coma, so he has to work with McKeith. He is already up against it, not being the man Wadell wants, but his is also gangly and clumsy, but luckily does provide some useful insights. Their pairing made for an entertaining read.

Wadell alone is exactly the type of character I love to read, he has a sarcastic humour and it certainly endeared me to him almost immediately.

Shelley is the woman who is abducted, and you follow a lot of the story through her eyes. It shows the
abduction and captivity from her point of view. It was difficult to read at times, but Shelleys strength shone out. She was determined to survive the ordeal and wouldn’t be broken no matter how much they tried.

The plot is full on intense, it goes all over the place, not confusing, just breathtaking in its speed and multi layer approach. You are kept guessing, and even when you think the case is finished and passed over, the author laughs and throws a grenade in to blow everything wide open again. It covers the sex trafficking trade, and discusses many of the awful acts that are inflicted on women, but on the other hand there are a cast of incredibly strong women to balance this out.

The detective in the coma remains so throughout the book, and does rather make you wonder why he gets
the title, but it does intrigue me as to what will be done with his character as the series progresses. He will
clearly have been able to hear what has been discussed with him, but whether his condition leads to any
useful outcome remains to be seen.

Whatever happens I will be reading more from this author, I will look forward to re-inserting myself in the tough Glaswegian streets, amongst this great team, to see what they get up to next.

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