Morning all! Today I’m on the blog your for Chloe – Lost Girl by Dan Laughey and am delighted to be bringing you a review of a new crime mystery series….
A missing student. A gunned-down detective. A woman in fear for her life. All three are connected somehow.
Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his fellow officers get on the case. But what links the disappearance of a university student, the death of an off-duty police sergeant, and a professor reluctant to help them solve the case?
Their only clue is a sequence of numbers, etched by the police sergeant Dryden on a misty window moments before he breathed his last. Soon it becomes clear that Dryden’s clue has brought the past and present into a head-on collision with the very heart of Sant’s profession.
Racing against time, D.I. Sant must find out what’s behind the mysterious events – before the bodies start piling up.
This is the first book in the Carl Sant Mysteries series and I really enjoyed it.
The book starts with an Dryden, an off duty Policeman meeting an unknown informant for some information….but when he leave the meeting, he gets on a bus and is killed….along with everyone else on the bus.
The Police force whip into action to try to discover what happened to they friend and colleague. Who was he meeting and why? He leaves a mysterious message on the misty window and DI Carl Sant and colleagues try to figure out what it could possibly mean.
What follows is a twisty, turny tale that takes us back to another police shooting in the 1980s…..not to forward the case they’re currently working on – that of a missing girl, Chloe. But the more Sant looks in to things, the more he starts to believe all the cases are linked. But how can that be possible? And is there more to this than meets the eye?
The story has you sucked in as you follow along to the different cases that seem to be interlinked – but you have no idea how! I really like Sant, he doesn’t have the easiest time out of work with an ex-wife and 2 boys that he sees once a week but does a complete and thorough job at work. And then he meets Mia and I have my fingers crossed that she is who she says she is….I want him to be happy! Although I have a feeling he’s digging into something that will put him in danger……(we’ll find out hopefully in book 2!).
I did find the story quite hard to follow on occasions as there is so much going on. There are quite a few different characters, especially Police staff and numerous different strings to the story so I had to really concentrate at the times to remember who was who but it didn’t put me off. There is quite a bit about 80’s politics in here too which went over my head a little bit (born in the 80s!) and seemed quite complicated to me but then I’m not a big follower of politics which is probably why!
Overall I really enjoyed this though – I love a crime mystery and the fact that we’re left fully in suspense means you HAVE to read book 2….and I’m looking forward to it!
about the author
Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.
Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.
His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.
He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.
All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardianand The Daily Telegraph.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Dan and the publisher to providing me with a copy in return for an honest review. All views are my own and are unbiased.
Have a wonderful day lovelies.