Prepare to be gripped and chilled, with the sensational new novel from this award-winning crime writer
FROM THE CRIME WRITER LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and - as if by slick, sick magic - had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel:
You don't love him
At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor. Children are being stolen.
There are no explanations, no ransom demands...and no hope.
Policeman Jonas Holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he is to find them. But there are some who would say that Jonas is the last man to entrust with this job...
'One of the leading names in crime fiction.' Stylist Magazine
“Surprise, of course, is the most potent aspect of suspense. And Belinda Bauer knows exactly how to manipulate that element, right until the very end. What's more, she's shown, not just how to keep surprise bubbling explosively away, but to do it with extraordinary dexterity, maturity and feeling”
HENRY SUTTON, Daily Mirror
“Bauer takes astonishing risks but - like a brilliant ski-jumper - arcs down to the perfect landing”
“Compelling... Bauer blends a psychological crime story with a darkly humorous narrative... I can't wait for the next one!”
Bookseller (Booksellers' Choice)
“Belinda Bauer's third book represents a remarkable achievement: almost a return to the good old Victorian triple-decker novel of suspense, but created with a deftness that allows each book to stand alone.”
“She's a thriller queen... The woman most likely to lead the fightback against the Scandinavian crime-wave”
Sunday Times (Culture)
“The most disturbing new talent around”
“Bauer is not occupied by writing a "crime story" - although there is a crime at the heart of it - she is more interested in writing a novel”
“Finders Keepers has an enjoyably creepy premise... But it's the book's humour that really shines. Bauer reveals her Gold Dagger-winning writing credentials in her neat skewering of everyday pomposities and her wry asides”
“Belinda Bauer hit the big time with the excellent Blacklands and continues to explore her theme of West Country cruelty and corruption, balancing the procedural and psychological aspects of crime. Once again she nails the petty grievances, prejudices and loyalties of village life, and shows how some law enforcers operate at the outer edge of competence”
“Bauer has established a reputation for plunging her characters into unimaginable gore. Her third novel easily matches her previous efforts, exposing village bobby Jonas Holly...to events unprecedented in British crime fiction. The British countryside has never appeared so alien or so macabre”
“One of the leading names in crime fiction”