Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for THE FORGOTTEN by J.V. Baptie. This is a gripping debut thriller I can happily recommend to readers of Crime Fiction.
The Forgotten – Book Description
What if everything was a lie?
Newly-promoted but not welcome in CID, Detective Sergeant Helen Carter is tasked with investigating a murder in an old abandoned picture house. The case takes a chilling turn when the business card of an ex-cop is found at the scene.
Helen must piece together the case before the bodies mount up around her, and before the killer strikes closer to home…
Delve into the underworld of Scotland’s capital city in this fast-paced thriller!
Praise for The Forgotten:
“A genuine page turner.” Bestselling author, Alex Gray
“Fast-paced and gritty Tartan Noir. A Brilliant Debut.” Bestselling author, Frances Di Plino
“Fans of Rebus will love this.” Thriller author, E.A Clark.
“Memorable and smart.” Tom Ward, author
Jodie Baptie is a new author to me so I was unsure what to expect.
Helen is finding her way in the Police Force and is new to CID. The year is 1977 when women police officers were under-rated and there was a lot of prejudice against them. This comes across very well in the book and is an underlying theme to the story.
Random people are being killed and CID are struggling to find a link while the bodies are stacking up. The victims were tortured before they are killed and it becomes clear that someone has an axe to grind but who is it and why?
In addition to the pressures of the case Helen has personal issues to cope with. Her partner is drinking too much and is against her career it seems she is on the receiving end of more than her fair share of crap.
The characters develop well throughout the book and are realistic and the story has enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning. It is an enjoyable read.
I found the Scottish language difficult to understand making the book hard reading at times which lost it a few points and I am still struggling to understand what relevance the drowning has that starts in the prologue and recurs in places throughout the book.
Many thanks to the author for the advance copy
J.V. Baptie graduated from Manchester MetropolitanUniversity in 2017 with an MA in Creative Writing. When not writing, she is also an actress and has appeared in a variety of children’s shows and stage plays.
Website: J. V. Baptie
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