The Bad Place

Written by Mark Hill

Review written by Andrew Hill

A former Customs and Police Officer, Andrew Hill is just putting the finishing touches to the first book in a crime series set in the New Forest, where he lived for 30 years. An avid reader across the crime genre and regular at Crimefest, he now lives in West Sussex and works in property.


The Bad Place
Head of Zeus
RRP: £18.99
Released: September 5 2019
HBK

Twenty years in the past six children were abducted in Essex, but only five came home. The remaining five gather each year to pay their respects. However this year’s gathering is different as one of the five, witnesses what appears to be the abduction of a young girl, called Sammi.

DI Sasha Dawson was a Probationary Constable during the original abductions. She recalls how maladroitly the senior Police Officer, DI Peter Carrington, handled the case and how it cost him his job.

Sasha knows that the key to Sammi’s whereabouts are uncovering the truth about what really happened at Baden Place (The Bad Place) and that Sammi is the child of one of the surviving five original abductees.

What secrets are the five survivors hiding?

Why didn’t the sixth child escape?

Is one of the remaining five responsible, or is someone taking a revenge?

Mark Hill as bestowed on the lucky reader a delightful dish of domestic noir with a side order of Police Procedural and a strong female lead, who we are promised will head-up further investigations.

As the dual timeline unfolds, we are treated to an engrossing story, some right-angle twists and odorous red herrings, all leading to a well-concealed and well-conceived denouement.

That we get vignettes of Sasha’s homelife only adds to this heady brew.

My recommendation is to get to know Sasha Dawson, because there’s more to come.



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