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by Head of Zeus, 5 September 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78854826-7
years ago six teenagers were held prisoner at Baden Place since nicknamed The Bad
Place. Their captor was a Jerry Swann and they all escaped except Becky, he
slit her throat.
Since then they have all met up
each year at one of the girl’s places, Karin's. This year she decides it will
be the last as none of them really enjoy it and they don't get on too well
They have all arrived except Lydia,
who comes in late in floods of tears. She tells them she witnessed a girl of
fourteen or fifteen being pulled into a van. She is convinced Jerry is back,
but he was shot dead by the police all those years ago as the five of them
Sammi a teenager is then reported
missing and later a stolen van is found abandoned with her coat inside.
Detective Inspector Sasha Dawson
heads the team looking into the abduction. She was actually a newly recruited
police officer when the children were snatched all those years ago and
remembers them all. As enquiries progress it becomes clear that somehow one or
all of the remaining five hostages must have something to do with the latest
girl being taken.
Then Karin starts receiving texts
purporting to be from Becky the close friend of hers who was the only one of
the six to die. Is someone trying to drive her insane?
When a teenage boy is then
snatched, they all start to wonder, can Jerry be back? Someone is obviously
trying to unnerve the survivors, but why after all these years?
Not only does Sasha have the
abductions to deal with, but she is having problems at home. Her husband Kev
has been acting very strangely recently and now her mother has left her father
and unexpectedly arrived at Sasha's to live. However, she is very interfering
and controlling especially where the children are concerned. Then tragedy
Now Sasha not only has pressures at
work to contend with, but her home life falls apart and she has to use her
detective powers to solve a family crisis. Is she strong enough to deal with so
A very cleverly interwoven plot
connecting the past to the present. It shows how even after many years, events
can still come back to haunt the people involved. It is interesting to read how
the different characters deal with the guilt of having survived their ordeal
whilst their friend Becky did not.
I found the story all the more
interesting as the action takes place in and around Southend, a place I know
I can't recommend this book enough,
it grips the reader from beginning to end, I felt quite exhausted when I
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
M K Hill is a pseudonym used by Mark Hillwho has been a journalist and an
award-winning music radio producer. He worked for about five minutes in PR. He
now writes the Drake and Crowley thriller series. Mark says he loves writing.
It's his dream job.The Bad Place
is the first book in the Sasha Dawson series written under the name M K Hill.The Woman in the Wood, the second book
in the series will be published 3 September 2020.
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.