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- Missing Believed Dead by Chris Longmuir
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Five years ago 13 year old Jade Carnegie went missing. She has never been found. Her family fell apart after her disappearance with her twin sister going into a catatonic state and her brother falling to pieces. Jade's mother was affected worst of all and her declining mental health lead to the breakup of her marriage. Now, five years later, people are being murdered and another young girl has gone missing. Is there a connection? Sergeant Bill Murphy searches for answers. Can he stop the killings? Will he be able to find the missing child and bring her home? Will he be able to do all this under the critical eye of his new boss who doesn't appear to rate him as much of a cop.
Missing Believed Dead is yet another fab book in the Dundee Crime Series by Chris Longmuir. Having previously read another book in the series, Night Watcher, I was really looking forward to this book. And, I was not disappointed. This is a gritty, suspense filled and extremely clever thriller. Chris Longmuir has developed an interesting and intelligent plot that will keep the reader hooked from page one! I have her book Dead Wood, on my TBR list and I'll be devouring it as soon as possible.
The characters in Missing Believed Dead are well developed and individuals who are each suffering their own personal torment. The descriptions of Jade's mother's grief will bring a lump to your throat, leaving you with an understanding of her deep sense of loss and a yearning for Jade's return. Even the imperfect Bill Murphy is fighting his own demons. He is very much an 'old school' type of policeman and a very likable character.
The subject matter of the book is a dark one - Internet grooming - and very relevant today. Chris Longmuir is an extremely talented writer who is able to draw the reader into a dark world and keep them involved and interested. I was so drawn into the story that I dreamed about the characters one night! I am now totally hooked on the Dundee Crime Series and I want more! If you love a good old crime thriller then this is the book for you! I can't recommend it highly enough.