My second review of the day is for the blog tour of The Child Before by Michael Scanlon – another fab Detective Beck thriller published on 5th June…..

the blurb

She began to sing, the girl. Her voice was soft, so soft it was almost of the wind. It was a lullaby. She cradled her arms, rocking them gently back and forth. As if she was holding a baby. But she was not. Her arms were empty.

On a cold morning a cyclist finds the brutally-slaughtered body of a woman in her car, on a remote lane leading to the long-abandoned Irish village of Kelly’s Forge.

But when Detective Finnegan Beck arrives from the nearby town of Cross Beg to investigate he notices there’s a baby’s seat in the back of the car. A bottle of baby’s milk lying in the footwell. And no child.

Little Róisín isn’t the first child to go missing from that same remote location though. There was another baby girl, taken more than fifty years before, who was never found. Has too much time passed for there to be a connection, or does something – or someone – link these two crimes?

Beck claims he does not want to stay in Cross Beg. His heart is back in Dublin, with the woman he loves. But, knowing that a child’s life depends on him changes things. He knows he has to find the missing baby girl. Because if he doesn’t, he fears there’s a chance everyone will give up the baby for dead, just like they did before…

This dark, twisted page turner will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Patricia Gibney, and Rachel Caine.

Where to buy: Amazon ~ Apple Books ~ Kobo ~ Googleplay

my review

I really enjoyed book one, Where She Lies so was looking forward to reading this…..

It was great to be back with Beck and his colleagues.  Beck is brilliant as always, still slightly dysfunctional but seemingly sorting himself out!

The beginning of the story flits between present day and 1954 where two separate incidents are taking place.  In the present day a young woman is found murdered and her baby missing…  In 1954 a baby went missing and was never found……

Beck sets out on a complicated investigation to uncover what happened to her and the baby.  There are plenty of suspects; people known to the police for previous crimes but who is it? Why did  Samantha get murdered and where is her baby?  And what was going on in 1954?

Again there are plenty of twists, I thought I’d sussed it out…..but nope!  I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happened! Hopefully we’ll hear more from DI Beck soon!

You can find my review of Where She Lies here.



about the author

Michael Scanlon is a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered him on long term sick leave. He is married to Eileen and has a daughter, Sarah. He lives in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguably the best salmon river in Europe, called the Moy. 

Where to find Michael online: Twitter

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Thanks to Noelle for inviting me on to the tour, and a massive thanks to Michael and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and are unbiased.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Chelle x

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