Two girls go missing. Only one will return.
The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?
What did I think?
Wow! This really is a fast paced thriller - there's almost no time to draw breath and I'm sure I held my own breath on more than one occasion. The house could have fallen down around me and I wouldn't have noticed whilst I was reading it.
This is my first Kim Stone book and, although I will definitely be adding the earlier books to my reading list, I didn't feel that I was missing out by not having read them. I loved Kim, she has such a short fuse and her heart rules her head sometimes so she's not afraid to say what she thinks. In such a distressing situation as a kidnap, everyone's emotions are on edge but this is not as straightforward as a kidnapping as the parents are required to take part in an auction to save one of the children. So tempers are frayed, relationships are at breaking point and couples who were once friends become competitors. The emotion pours out of every page - anger, frustration and despair.
I read this book in 3 large chunks as the chapters are so small you might as well read the next one, then the next one and the next one...although to be honest, I wouldn't have been able to put it down anyway so the chapter sizes are irrelevant. There are shocks and surprises in store as the story unfolds and I thought I would never get my heart rate back to normal after finishing the book.
An absolutely cracking race against time page-turner - prepare to be up all night!
I received this e-book from the publisher, Bookouture, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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