A dad working as a reasonably high profile news reporter and separated from his wife takes their twin boys on a rare day out to bond and mend some broken family ties. And it’s all going well, until… the boys go missing, a man hunt ensues, the parents are distraught and as time goes by people give up hope of ever finding them. Apart from the dad.
He refuses to return to work and mounts his own investigation, putting his skills as an investigateive journalist to the test. You’re a fair way through the book by the time you get to this point and I found the build up a little bit tedious. I’m guessing it’s to make you feel the parents’ devastation at losing their children and how this forces you to take risks in order to find them.
Once the investiagtion really starts and the clues of the puzzle start coming together I get hooked, particulaly as th disappearance seems to be connected to some older cases.
It’s hard to review books without giving away the story but the magic unfolds – there’s a clue in there somewhere – and the twins’ dad gets closer and closer to finding them, convinced they’re still alive and being trained for something big; another clue there too.
It’s a far-fetched story, but a unique one, and I sped throught the second half of the book wanting to connect the dots and read more about this macabre killer; those who like gore can enjoy descriptions of some really rather gruesome murders.
The book ends abruptly with what I suspect is supposed to be a climatic (if tad unrealistic) ending and left me with a few unanswered questions. For example, the dad (I can’t even remember the guy’s name in the book sadly) gets a call from one of the twins on the home phone as he drives back from the fairground on the day they went missing. Why?
So, yes, a good book and a good read but nothing I’d want to cheer about. If I’d felt more emotionally connected to the main characters maybe I’d be raving aboutit.
Robyn’s rating: 6.5/10
Posted May 2011