Author : Jane Isaac
Title : Before It’s Too Late
Series : DI Will Jackman #1
Pages : 288
Publisher : Legend Press
Publication date : June 1, 2015
Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone. Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor.
Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected. But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out. Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it’s too late?
Goodness me, I can’t believe it’s August and I’m only on my second book for the Beat The Backlist Challenge.
Before It’s Too Late is the first instalment in the DI Will Jackman series and if this one is anything to go by, I’m in for a treat when I start to catch up on the next ones. Chinese student Min Li disappears after an argument with her boyfriend. She’s not the first girl to vanish in recent months but are these cases connected? The case lands on the desk of DI Will Jackman. This will be his first time leading an investigation since a personal tragedy. Is he up to the task? Will he find Min Li before it’s too late?
Sometimes you start a new series and find yourself instantly enamoured by the lead character. That’s what happened to me as I was introduced to Will and immediately found him incredibly likeable and realistic. There’s such a lovely balance between his private life and his job. As much as I was interested in the case he’s working on, I also really enjoyed getting to know more about him.
The case of the missing Chinese student is not as straightforward as you might think. There was a point where I had figured most of it out but that didn’t ruin things for me at all. Min’s chapters were incredibly harrowing and gripping. Sharing her point of view was certainly a superb way of keeping me hooked. While the story is suspenseful and full of intrigue, I do feel it could have done with some more tension to be truly compelling. However, this is a well-paced mystery with excellent characterisation and a great start to a new-to-me series. I very much look forward to reading Beneath The Ashes and follow Will Jackman on his next investigation.
Before It’s Too Late was published in 2015.