‘He was her child. The only one she’d ever have. It would kill her to learn that he was missing.’
Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared.
It’s the first case together for Northumbria CID officers David Stone and Frankie Oliver.
Stone has returned to his roots with fifteen years’ experience in the Met, whereas Oliver is local, a third generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back.
But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.
An unbelievably gripping game of cat and mouse from an award-winning, expert author.
It is always a delight to read a new Mari Hannah novel. I have followed her development as a writer, with pleasure. Her Kate Daniels and more recent Matthew Ryan series have been outstanding. Now we get a brand new series staring two murder squad detectives based in Northumbria, David Stone and Frankie Oliver. This series has a real northern taste to it, as would be expected with a Mari Hannah novel. The Lost is a wonderful start, to what I know will be, a strong and quality detective series.
We meet DS Frankie Oliver; strong minded and quirky, from a family of multi-generational law enforcers. Frankie is teamed up with her boss, the enigmatic DI David Stone. There is mutual respect and a growing friendship being established. Stone has moved back up north to his roots, after an incident in London. He seems to be in some way lost, dealing with demons from his past. In The Lost, we start to get to know them and see their unique chemistry in action.
The story involves a gorgeous small cast of characters; the distraught mother, her secretive husband, the golden child, the mother’s wealthy sister and the French nanny. It all starts with a woman and her sister taking a much needed vacation to Spain. Then we get the shock of a ten year old boy going missing. Stone and Oliver are soon on the case, investigating one very peculiar family. The case develops in unexpected ways, that is impossible to predict. Murder seems to surround this family. The question is why?
As usual with Mari Hannah, you get stunning writing and fast paced drama. I cannot fault a thing, even though I guessed whodunnit. It was a fabulous journey, getting to know Stone and Oliver and following the clues. Read everything by Mari Hannah. This is quality crime.
***By the same author***
Matthew Ryan series
Kate Daniels series