This book is also known or now known as Lola Is Missing or The Missing Child (I'm not sure why it has three different titles, maybe it depends on where you live). Alison Janes takes readers to a parent's worst fear when their child disappears in the middle on the night without a trace:
Lola is Missing; she is six years old who is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught and also very convinced that her ex-husband is responsible for abducting Lola away. It does not help that they are not able to find him. Leading the case is Det. Rachel Prince but it is going to make more than her expertise to untangle the web of truths and lies that this family has. Everyone knows that the longer a child is missing the less likely they are to be found alive and as more and more time flies by and more and more lies are told, Rachel is not sure they are going to find Lola in time especially when another little girl is taken.
This was a gripping read that did not rely on a body count in order to make it so as this book is about a missing child. James relayed on the twist, turns and lying that goes on within family dynamics especially that of this broken marriage. Things become very interesting and devious along the way as Jones shows the lengths people will go to in order to protect their secrets as well as trying to find their daughter.
I really liked Det. Rachel Prince, she is smart, tenacious and follows her gut when investigating her cases. She also doesn't pander to politics which is always dangerous and interesting at the same time. I mean people do not always have to like her in order for her to get her job done. She also seems to have her life and career together and is not running from some hidden demon that is going to rear its ugly head at a bad time. Sure she has made some poor choices with men (who hasn't, lol) but they do not affect her work or work ethic. She is not pining away for some guys that she throws the whole case away.
James also does a great job of showing what I believe actual police work is like, not all action but having to hit the paperwork in order to solve the crime. There is quite a bit of this in this book, going back over evidence and information that Rachel or her team has found. There are also a few stake out scenes that show that it is not that glamorous.
Alright this a nick picking thing but it makes me question if James is willing to do research for her books. ACL tears do not repair themselves, you can attempt to strengthen the muscles around the knee to provide stabilization but the ACL will not regenerate. As an individual who has had to have ACL surgery I wish they had the ability to repair themselves. Really this is minor in the scheme of things of your book but just do a quick google search and you’d know this information. Also she wouldn’t be able to walk in high heels after just tearing it without falling on her face every time she took a step especially if it was a full tear there would be nothing preventing the lower part of the leg from flying forward with each step.... Sorry rant over
Alright looking past my rant, lol, this book was interesting and great start to a series, especially with the main character who I thought was really well done. I look forward to continuing on with this series to see what James comes up with next.