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Published by Avon, 24 January 2019. ISBN 978-0-00-831372-2 (PB)
To be the
senior officer charged with finding nine vulnerable toddlers aged between three
and five-years old who’ve been abducted from their nursery school would be
horrendously stressful under any circumstances. But for DCI Anna Tate the
task is almost unbearably poignant. She is still searching for her own
daughter, Chloe, who has been missing for ten years after being snatched by
Anna’s ex-husband when she was only three-years old.
gun-wielding men who have taken the children are dangerous and not open to
negotiation. They seriously injured Tasha Norris - one of the nursery
school’s teachers – during the abduction and threaten to kill the children if
their ransom demand for a six million pounds isn’t met in full on the date and
time specified. All the parents are desperate, but none more so than Ruth
and Ethan Brady. Their son, Liam, has Cystic Fibrosis and could die if
deprived of his medicine and regular physiotherapy.
ticks down relentlessly as DCI Tate and DI Max Walker along with every
available policeman and all the relevant specialist units in London pool their
resources as they try to discover who has taken the children. The abduction
process ran like clockwork, so Anna believes the men who took the children must
have had inside information, either from the staff or the parents.
Ramsey, the glamorous blond who owns the nursery, is up to her eyes in debt
following adverse publicity about a little girl who died at another of Sarah’s
nurseries. The girl’s father, Jonas Plat, has vowed to make Sarah suffer
and is an obvious suspect. Anna thinks Sarah is either withholding
information or lying to them – she is, but does it matter? Ben Wilson,
the divorced father of one of the children gives them the runaround. The
behaviour of Ruth and Ethan Brady also gives pause for thought.
As they try
to build a picture of who might have taken the children, and find where they
are being hidden, small pieces of information accumulate slowly. In the
midst of all this, Anna receives a message from a dying man who purports to
have information that may help her to find her daughter. Anna visits him
in a hospice but has to delegate the follow up to a private detective whilst
she concentrates her all attention on finding the toddlers before the deadline
In Safe Hands is a book that you have to finish, and preferably as
soon after you start it as possible. It is a tense and fast-moving story
that grips you from the word go. Anna is a warm and sympathetic character
who thoroughly deserves her caring partner Tom, though whether she will ever
allow him to move in with her is another matter. I will certainly read the next
books in the series to see how Anna’s search for her own daughter progresses.
J. P. Carter
is the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has also written sixteen books
under the names Jaime and James Raven. Before becoming a full-time writer, he
spent a career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and television producer.
He was, for a number of years, director of a major UK news division and
co-owned a TV production company. He now splits his time between homes in
Hampshire and Spain.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.