Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful New Zealand crime writers, happily married and topping bestseller lists worldwide. They have been on the promotional circuit for years, joking that no one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living. So when their challenging seven-year-old son Zach disappears, the police and the public naturally wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time… Are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?
Multi-award winning bestseller Paul Cleave returns with an electrifying and chilling thriller about family, public outrage and what a person might be capable of under pressure, that will keep you guessing until the final page…
Paul is an award-winning author who divides his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where most of his novels are set, and Europe. He has won the New Zealand Ngaio Marsh Award three times, the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year award in France, and has been shortlisted for the Edgar and the Barry in the US and the Ned Kelly in Australia. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He’s thrown his frisbee in over forty countries, plays tennis badly, golf even worse, and has two cats – which is often two too many. Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulCleave, and his website: paulcleave.com.
My thoughts: this was so, so, so good. Cleverly done and there were red herrings, police getting sidetracked, a kidnap plot that went horribly wrong, crimes a plenty and at the heart a man who just really loves his son.
Cameron knows he hasn’t done anything to Zach, and he’s determined to prove that and find his boy. But so many things seem set against him as he attempts to convince the police that, yes he writes crime novels, but no, he’s not trying to live in one (except that he is, it’s very The Truman Show in that regard, wait, are we all living inside a book?)
The detective assigned to his case does empathise with him, but she has a job to do, and yes, mistakes are made. But finding Zach is everyone’s priority. I actually really liked DI Rebecca Kent, she seemed like a decent person and not as incompetent as all that at all, it’s just that she was severely misled.
I found the whole book super compelling and couldn’t put it down, totally hooked. I was actually disappointed when it ended. I want Cameron and DI Kent to team up and solve crimes together.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.