Middle-class parents Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes are distraught when their children are kidnapped against Nicholas’ gambling debts. Penniless and desperate the couple turn to crime as a way to raise the ransom.
Hot on their heels is recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team. Evans is fighting against enforced retirement and his replacement – DI John Campbell – is foisted upon him along with other cases. If he must leave the police then he wants one last big case before he goes.
In a race against time Victoria and Nicholas must evade the police while continuing to add to the ransom fund. If they don’t pay up on time the kidnappers have threatened to amputate their children’s limbs with an oxy-acetylene torch.
Can they save their children before time runs out?
Snatched From Home by Graham Smith was my first read of 2017, and I’m kicking myself! Why oh why did I leave this book sat on my poor forsaken bookshelf for so long? I can now see why fellow blogger Noelle over at http://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk raves about this author, so thank you Noelle for introducing me to the fabulous Graham Smith, an author I haven’t read before, but rest assured I will be looking to read the rest of the books in this series.
Snatched From Home is like a breath of fresh air, as anyone who follows my blog will know I’m a huge crime fan, everything about this book is highly original, the plot, characters and dialogue all made for an exciting read. Parents Victoria and Nicholas have to face their worse fears when their two children are kidnapped, if they want them back they will have to pay Nicholas’s gambling debt. With little chance of raising the money, Victoria will do anything to get them back even if it means breaking the law. What follows is a hell of a read, fast paced with bucketfuls of suspense.
What I loved about this book were the eclectic bunch of characters, especially DI Harry Evans although I started out disliking him he grew on me as the story progressed. He’s certainly an original character, larger than life, better known for his insubordination and disregard for following procedures, his extremely unpolitical views and so much more, but he’s a character that will make you laugh, make you cringe, but will also have you rooting for him. As he’s about to retire DI John Campbell Is brought into replace him, as different as chalk and cheese the dialogue between the pair makes for a humorous read at times. Harry’s way of working may be far from perfect but he gets results, but in his last case before more retirement has he bit off more than he can chew?
The story is told in short snappy chapters which add a sense of urgency to the plot, there are subplots within this novel which can sometimes hamper rather than add to a story, but Graham Smith very cleverly intertwined the plots making for a fast paced read. The plot is fast paced, nail-biting with fascinating characters. I also loved the fact this book has a large dose of humour thrown highlighted through its characters and dialogue, despite the serious crimes taking place I found myself chuckling away, which I never expect when reading a crime thriller. So if you are a lover of a highly original crime thriller I would suggest you add this book to your TBR pile, but PLEASE make sure you put it to the top of the pile, you won’t be disappointed I promise.
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (19 Mar. 2015)