3/5 stars. The story had a decent pace and plenty of drama as it flicked between the police and the abductors of the children.
The first gripping thriller in the DI Kayli Bright trilogy.
“I want my mummy…”
The whisper seems to echo through the rooms of the abandoned house. DI Kayli Bright and her partner, DS Dave Chaplin, aren’t strangers to dealing with bad cases, but no one can prepare for the emotional and mental anguish caused by the discovery of a child’s remains.
Determined to find the responsible culprit, several of the dead child’s family members surface on their radar of suspects…until they learn of another child’s abduction.
The investigation leads Kayli to the shocking conclusion that even more children in the area have been abducted. A race against time ensues to find the children before they get lost in a sinister, evil world.
I’m always interested in trying an author I haven’t read before and overall I enjoyed The Missing Children. The story had a decent pace and plenty of drama as it flicked between the police and the abductors of the children. Due to the subject matter, there was a high emotional level on all sides. The author wanted to show how crimes against children affect the investigating police officers, but this seemed to be at the expense of their professionalism and objectivity.
The story felt rushed and as a result the characters didn’t feel fully developed to me. They came across a bit lightweight and preachy. Some of the banter between DI Bright and DS Chaplin didn’t sound realistic as they seemed to be talking moral messages at times. The two of them also seemed to run around, carrying out most of the investigation themselves, despite having a team to support them.
While I welcomed her tenacity and commitment, DI Bright seemed to skip round police procedures and even break a few rules. I know all mavericks do this, but she didn’t strike me as a maverick no matter how well-intentioned and determined she was. Ultimately, this lack of professionalism starts to affect the credibility of the characters and story.
However, the action sequences were dramatic and well-handled, and the story was neatly wrapped up at the end.