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by Hodder & Stoughton, 5 September 2019. ISBN: 978-1-473-62462-7 (HB)
Shaun lives in Northern Ireland
with his dog Daphne. He leads a quiet life living in the flat above the
bookshop where he works.He had always been
led to believe that his uncle Teddy had been killed when he was young many
years ago. Howeverr, a doubt arises in his mind when he has a visit from Johnny
an old acquaintance of his uncle's. He is adamant that he was not killed but
because he was gay the family rid themselves of him by paying his fare to New
York. He was told never to come back and he didn't.
Shaun decides to try and find out
the truth for himself. He learns of a group of people in America called
Missing-linc.com, made up of amateur sleuths, people trying to give a name to
unidentified bodies. They all have avatars, so no one knows of the others
Shaun gets in touch with them and
sends a photo of Teddy. One of the group thinks he looks like an unidentified
body known as “The Boy in a Dress” discovered in 1996.
The rest of Shaun's family are not
happy about him trying to find the truth and when he has a telephone call
supposedly from Teddy telling him not to look for him, he really is puzzled and
not sure what to think. Could it be one of the family trying to put him off?
When he is told that Teddy abused a
ten-year-old, he decides that he really must get to the bottom of Teddy's
disappearance and he flies to America. One of the group who lives near where
the body was found invites him to come and stay.
Meanwhile it is slowly disclosed to
the reader that the murderer of “The Boy in a Dress” is also a member of the
group and loves to manipulate them. Is the body really that of Teddy and was he
a pervert as the family maintained? Shaun needs all the help he can get
to find the truth but will he find it?
A very unusual and cleverly written
story. A really intriguingly good read.It demonstartes the lengths
some families will go to, to cover up the supposed seedy actions of one of their
members.It was also interesting to see
inside the devious and clever mind of a murderer. Highly recommended.
Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist
with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Incapable of holding down a
'proper' job, over the years she's painted outrageous frescos for dubious
casinos, written scripts for South Africa's first full-length sci-fi cartoon
show and lived homeless on the streets of Paris as a teenage runaway. Among other things, she writes horror/thriller novels under the name S.L. Grey
with author Louis Greenberg, a YA pulp-fiction zombie series with her daughter,
Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne, and quirky erotica novels with
authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. Stephen
King said her solo novel The Three was 'really wonderful' (which made her cry
in a very good way. She likes cake, scruffy dogs, fast cars and sitting in her
attic making stuff up.
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.