Wednesday, 17 June 2015

First one Missing - Tammy Cohen - takes you places you don't want to go.

The Blurb ....

There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter is murdered:

- You are haunted by her memory day and night

- Your friends and family fear you are going mad

- Only in a group with mothers of other victims can you find real comfort.

Welcome to the club no one wants to join.

My review

First one missing is the second book I've read by the popular and competent author Tammy Cohen. She weaves a powerful, taut psychological suspense novel about the aftermath of having a child murdered. She takes a pretty taboo subject and lets us into the minds of everyone whose lives have been tainted by this awful occurrence.

Megan Purvis, the eponymous first one missing, was snatched and abducted at the age of just seven and the discovery of her body on Heathland in London is just the beginning of a spate of dead bodies over the space of several years, all little girls of similar age, all murdered and left in the same area.

The serial killer is sought by the police, whilst the families of the dead girls fall apart piece by piece.

Truly psychologically chilling this book takes you places you never want to go, feel things you never want to exeperience and even get inside the heads of paedophiles and murderers.

At various points throughout the book I suspected almost everyone of being the murderer yet when the final reveal comes it's a shock and a revelation cleverly plotted and hinted at through the book.

If you love twisty emotional domestic noir thrillers with great characters and bursting with emotion you'll enjoy this latest offering by Tammy Cohen (who has also written as Tamar Cohen)

My thanks to Netgalley for my advance ebook copy.

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