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The Toy Taker – Luke Delaney

Crime Fiction 4*'s
Crime Fiction
4*’s

DI Sean Corrigan is having a bad time, he is recovering from a wounded shoulder, there have been no new cases for some time and his officers are getting restless.  Out of the blue he is asked to move to Scotland Yard to form a Special Investigation Unit, designed to get results on the more unusual cases.  No sooner have Corrigan and his team put all their belongings into boxes for the move from Peckham to Victoria than George Bridgeman, just four years old, is taken from his bed.

Now child abduction is a tricky subject to write about, after all someone who can come into your home and steal your child while you sleep is every parent’s worst nightmare, but Luke Delaney handles the subject in a far more sensitive way than I had expected.

As Corrigan sets about his investigation he considers the reason why someone would want a child.  However when as time goes by he worries that he has lost his powers of intuition that have guided him in the past.

The book is well-paced I kept turning the pages to see if the likeable DI Corrigan could find the link that will give him his culprit.  Dave Donnelly and Sally Jones are distinct characters with depth, although the story’s focus is Corrigan they are well-rounded with nuanced interactions with the their boss, and the rest of the team.   The Toy Taker certainly has an authentic feel, it is quite a reflective book for a crime novel and gives the reader an insider’s view of a team of officers trying to beat the clock to get the result they need.  Modern policing means using the media to get results and here ‘the brass’ hold press conferences in a bid to find The Toy Taker both for a platform for public assistance as well as warding off criticism from the public for not saving this angelic looking child.

If you want a meaty crime thriller I’d recommend this author, although I would suggest starting at the beginning of the series.

I received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine in return for this honest review.

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WWW Wednesday (March 12)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Toy Taker which is the third in the DI Corrigan Series written by former Detective is certainly feeling authentic!

The Toy Taker
Blurb

Your child has been taken…
Snatched in the dead of night from the safety of the family home. There’s no sign of forced entry, no one heard or saw a thing.
DI Sean Corrigan investigates.
He needs to find four-year-old George Bridgeman before abduction becomes murder. But his ability to see into dark minds, to think like those he hunts, has deserted him – just when he needs it most.
Another child vanishes.
What kind of monster is Corrigan hunting? And will he work it out in time to save the children? Goodreads

I have recently finished reading the epic dual time-line tale of Anahita Chevran with the historical setting around World War I
Click on the book cover to read my review.
The Midnight Rose

Next I am going to read The Other Half by Sarah Rayner, an author I love for her realistic portrayal of characters.

The Other Half

Blurb

Chloe, bright, hip and single, is a feature writer with ambitions to launch a magazine of her own. When she meets James, her potential new boss, she knows she shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but finds it impossible to resist… Maggie appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, a talented writer, and has a gorgeous husband. But something’s not quite right: his job as a magazine publisher is keeping him in the city until late most evenings, and some nights he doesn’t come home at all… Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love. Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed? NetGalley

What are you reading this week? Please share your link or let me know by leaving a comment.

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Teaser Tuesday (March 11)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser this week comes from The Toy Taker by Luke Delaney (The DI Corrigan Series) and if there was ever a cover to give you nightmares this could be it!

The Toy Taker

Blurb

Your child has been taken…
Snatched in the dead of night from the safety of the family home. There’s no sign of forced entry, no one heard or saw a thing.
DI Sean Corrigan investigates.
He needs to find four-year-old George Bridgeman before abduction becomes murder. But his ability to see into dark minds, to think like those he hunts, has deserted him – just when he needs it most.
Another child vanishes.
What kind of monster is Corrigan hunting? And will he work it out in time to save the children? Goodreads

My Teaser

‘What?’ Sean almost shouted, drawing concerned looks from the detectives eavesdropping in the main office.’Where to?’
‘Where else? The Yard, of course’
‘Scotland Yard?’ Sean asked, incredulous.

I love seeing what everyone else is reading so please leave your links so I can return the visit – thank you!