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Published by Headline, 22 March 2018. ISBN: 978-1-47224896-1
Cloverton is pretty much like any other prison, overcrowded
and under staffed. Predictably a riot breaks out followed by a fire and there
are many fatalities. In the confusion a notorious vicious criminal, Mickey
Vokey escapes. He is serving a sentence for torturing a woman, Julie, in front
of her young daughter.
Detective Sergeants Noah Jake and
Ron Carling visit Mickey's late mother's empty house where he used to live.
They find a room covered in photographs of mainly women all showing expressions
Also, they are puzzled as to the
significance of a hole dug in the cellar. Can it be a grave, it certainly looks
Marnie Rome is appointed head of
investigations, and from one of her informers inside the prison, she learns that
Mickey was always sketching charcoal drawings, often rather disturbing images
of mainly women. However, these drawings together with some letters written to
Mickey from women who admired him have gone missing. Suspicion falls on one of
the prison guards, a Darren Quayle, who when interviewed seemed to talk about
Vokey with hero worship. Could he have helped him escape, is he hiding the
drawings and letters? On visiting Darren's mother, they hear from her too how
he seemed to admire Mickey. She appears to be scared of her own son.
When Marnie and the team trace the
two women who wrote the letters to Mickey, they are not at all as they
imagined. Ruth is a very religious person wanting to save him and Lara is a
rather fat lady, well to do and not quite all there. Mickey has certainly not
visited either of them.
Wherever the team look they can
find no sign of Vokey he seems to have completely disappeared into thin air.
They are concerned if he is not found soon, he will commit more vicious crimes.
He is obviously a very disturbed person and a danger to women; can they find
him before he strikes again?
A good book full of unexpected
twists and although it is about a rather disturbing person, it is beautifully
descriptive and written with real feeling. The narrative created really vivid
images and I recommend it.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
debut novel Someone Else’s Skin won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime
Novel of the Year 2015. It was the Observer’s Book of the Month, a Richard
& Judy Book Club bestseller, and has been published worldwide. Come and
Find Me is her latest book
published in March 2018. Sarah lives in Bath.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.