It’s such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for The Lying Kind by Alison James today. My thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the opportunity to join and my review copy.
Author : Alison James
Title : The Lying Kind
Series : 316
Pages : Detective Rachel Prince #1
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : February 7, 2018
Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.
Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.
As the case progresses, the body of a local woman is found. The death at first seems unrelated, until a trail of social media posts lead Rachel to a chilling discovery.
And then another little girl is taken.
The Lying Kind is the first book in a brand-new police procedural series featuring Detective Rachel Prince and what a great start it is! Rachel works for the National Crime Agency, previously known as Interpol. When six year old Lola Harper goes missing from her bedroom at home, her mother instantly points the finger at her estranged husband. The investigation will take Rachel all the way to Portugal and back, while also having to deal with a bit of a complicated personal life.
I must admit that when I first started reading this story, I thought it would be totally predictable. But there is way more to this sordid tale than we are first led to believe. With dead ends and twists, my firm believe in thinking I knew exactly what was going on was frequently shattered into tiny pieces and Alison James kept me guessing, forcing me to ignore my gut instinct and quite frankly, playing me like a fiddle.
I found myself quickly warming up to Rachel Prince and her team member Mark Brickall. Their friendship jumps from the pages and the banter between them is delightful comic relief in a harrowing investigation concerning a missing child. Both are truly realistic and believable characters and I love that there isn’t this lingering chemistry, that will-they-or-won’t-the I sometimes find quite distracting, but just solid colleagues and friends.
The prologue alone already had me hooked and the tension just built up from there. This is a true page-turner, although not necessarily action-packed but suspenseful and intriguing. It felt as if the reader was right there with Rachel and Mark, trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, re-examining things, leaving no stone unturned and always in the hope of finding little Lola alive somewhere. While I did suspect a few things, the ultimate conclusion blew me away. With a devious plot and a seemingly unending web of lies, this first instalment is gripping and absorbing and I can’t wait for book two in the series!
The Lying Kind is available for purchase.