She lays her baby in his cot – the sound of his quiet breath filling the nursery as she leaves the room. Soon Claire will be fast asleep herself. She won’t hear the back door opening or the footsteps on the stairs.
When Claire Lucas is woken by her husband asking where their baby son is, she is dazed and confused. When she follows Darren into their child’s bedroom, she hears nothing but silence. No baby cries, no cute gurgles. The only thing left in Finlay’s cot is his beloved teddy bear. Finlay has gone.
Detective Jessie Blake rushes to the family’s modern home in the rugged Scottish Highlands. She notices that Darren avoids eye contact, and Claire seems disconnected – unable to account for the last few hours of her afternoon. Jessie knows there’s no normal response to losing a child, but something doesn’t feel right.
Friends rally round the young family, as a search of the narrow lanes and green hills of Moncrieffe begins in earnest. And as helpers battle the wild Scottish weather, Jessie is sure that someone in the search party must know more than they’re letting on. Someone must have seen something.
As a ghost from her own past comes back to haunt her, Jessie must put aside her own personal tragedy to save baby Finlay. Can she get the people of the small town to talk before it’s too late?
Although this is the second book to feature Detective Jessie Blake, it can easily be read a stand alone. After reading this book I intend to go back and read the first, Heartlands.
Kerry has created an engaging, and at times, very emotional crime thriller. I felt very sorry for Claire and everything she suffers when she and her husband discover their baby, Finlay, has been snatched from their home.
I liked how parts of Jessie’s personal life were mixed up with the main story, and how past events were obviously affecting her thoughts and feelings about the the investigation into Finlay’s disappearance.
I hope there’s more to come from Jessie. She’s a really interesting character. I also hope that more people discover Kerry’s writing as she’s produced an excellent piece of crime fiction with this story.
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