‘How long do you hunt for the missing?’
Yay! It is my stop today on the Hold My Hand Blog Tour of which I am unbelievably excited to tell you about this stunning debut. MJ Ford has got it in the bag with this one and thank you so much to Sabah at Avon for inviting me to do a review.
‘A horrible vanishing act…
When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it’s too late. Dylan has disappeared…
Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found – complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether?
And then another child disappears…’
What a captivating first chapter. It scared me senseless; the way the mother crumpled to the floor when she realised her son had walked off with a stranger. It left a mark on both my brain and heart. MJ Ford has pulled sentences together so well to create the atmosphere of this first scene, so much so, that you would think he has been in this situation himself (although I do hope not!). He has done a grand job at drawing me in to want to keep on reading… what frightening tale am I going to be taken on?
The whole story is told from the point of view of Josie. Now, Josie is a rather complex character with a large set of issues. Her main problem is that she has never forgiven herself for not doing more when Dylan was taken all those years ago. So when a body turns up resembling the case of Dylan Jones, Josie will do all she can to get to the bottom of things. This is not going to be your simple investigation though, there are plenty of false leads, twists, turns, and adrenaline pumping moments that lead you to a mind-blowing finale… you will not be disappointed.
I liked Josie and felt she has been given a rough old ride over the years, and as for retired Detective Harry Freeman… I loved him. What a likeable character. He was part of the original investigation into the abduction of Dylan Jones, so he was desperate to go above and beyond to help Josie solve the case this time.
For a debut, MJ Ford has written a terrifyingly good novel. One that packs a punch for a police procedural – slash – psychological thriller. One that leaves me wondering about book two…
Why don’t you take a look at some of the other posts on the Blog Tour?