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 upannually 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...
Thanks to Vicky at Head of Zeus for my e-arc of the new book by M.K. Hill, The Bad Place.
Introducing DI Sasha Dawson, this is an excellent, polished start to a new police procedural series.
20+ years ago, 6 teenagers were kidnapped in their mini bus and held captive for 2 weeks, at The Bad Place, by a crazed Jerry Swann. When 5 manage to escape, 1 is left and ultimately meets her demise. young WPC Sacha Dawson witnessed the killing..
Fast Forward to the present day, and now a Detective Inspector and mother to 2 teenagers, Sasha Dawson is working too much, her home work life balance is totally out of sync.
When a teenage girl is kidnapped in broad daylight, the spotlight is thrown back on the case from the past, is it linked in some inexplicable way?
Written over 2 timelines, telling the story of the captives 26 years ago, and the present storyline, the storyline from the past is at times very tense and particularly Taut.
Good characters I want to read more of, and an interesting back story involving Sasha's home life all add to this cracking tale.
Great writing, with a strong imaginative plot to keep you guessing, the twisty turns will keep you glued until the end of this darkly clever thriller.
It's nice to see you here, thanks for coming.I've been a journalist and an award-winning music radio producer. I worked for about five minutes in PR. But I write the Drake and Crowley thriller series now, which is just as well, because I love writing. It's my dream job.If you enjoyed His First Lie or It Was Her, do get in touch. There are plenty of ways to do it!