Saturday, 2 July 2016

Mummy's Favourite by Sarah Flint

Aria (1 Aug. 2016)

The blurb . . .

He's watching ... He's waiting ... Who's next?

Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child. One is alive. One is dead.

DC 'Charlie' Stafford is assigned by her boss, DI Geoffrey Hunter to assist with the missing person investigation, where mothers and children are being snatched in broad daylight.
As more pairs go missing, the pressure mounts. Leads are going cold. Suspects are identified but have they got the right person?
Can Charlie stop the sadistic killer whose only wish is to punish those deemed to have committed a wrong? Or will she herself unwittingly become a victim.

A gripping, heart-stopping crime thriller, introducing new series character DC Charlotte 'Charlie' Stafford of the London Metropolitan Police.

My thoughts . . .

This is an absolutely fantastic debut novel,
I genuinely can't believe this is the first book written by Flint!

Mummy's Favourite introduces us to DC Charlotte Stafford, Charlie, a police officer in London who is called to work on a missing persons case. A mother and her son have disappeared, seemingly having run away from an abusive marriage, but why has she only taken one of her children?

The plot thickens as 2 more women go missing along with one of their children and the men in their lives weave webs of lies and deceit that Charlie must unravel to get to the truth before time runs out for the missing women.

From the very first page this book had me hooked. The prologue alone had my heart in my mouth and covered in goosebumps!

I loved the authors style of writing, giving us the perfect amount of descriptive prose to enable a connection with the characters and locations, without being boring, repetitive or tedious. I was really able to relate to the main character, she's not perfect, she has a past and she has had to prove herself good enough in her male dominated world.

The story line was unlike any I have read before, with twists and turns throughout, you are left thinking you have managed to solve it only to have another spanner thrown in the works and realise you are completely off track!

Without giving anything away, this is a brilliantly written, nail biting, edge of your seat thriller with a pace that never lets up, with breath-taking twists and shocking turns you will be left guessing until the very end! 

Do not start reading this unless you are prepared to read it all in one go!

DC Stafford and her team are so brilliantly written I just can't wait for the next instalment!

I would like to thank the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

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