I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little Girl Missing by J.G. Roberts
Genres: British, Crime, Thriller
Published by Bookouture on June 14, 2019
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How can a little girl vanish into thin air?
Five-year-old Cassie Bailey’s mother tucked her into bed and kissed her goodnight. This morning she’s missing, her unicorn bedcovers are empty, and her parents are frantic.
DCI Rachel Hart knows that the first few hours after a child goes missing are the most crucial, and that the Baileys are living every parent’s worst nightmare. Rachel knows, because as a child her family lived through it too, when her sister was taken.
The days are ticking by with no sign of Cassie, and the cracks in the Baileys’ marriage are beginning to show. But are the holes in their stories because they’re out of their minds with panic – or because they’re lying?
Rachel’s convinced that Cassie knew the person who took her, but can she find the little girl before she’s lost forever?
A gripping and unputdownable thriller for fans of Close to Home, The Couple Next Door and Behind Closed Doors.
Here is what I thought
First book in the DCI Rachel Hart series and it starts out with a missing child. When Naomi wakes up after taking some herbal sleeping pills, as she hadn’t been sleeping well, she finds Cassie not in her bed. She knows that Cassie hasn’t been sleeping well since Naomi kicked her father out, they both haven’t, sometimes she finds her downstairs on the couch with her cat but she is not there. Panic sets in.
The police are called in and DCI Hart and her team try to figure out what happened. There are a lot of discrepancy with the parents and even the grandmother. There are some other things that could have happened, one involving the reason that Charlie was kicked out of the house to begin with but I don’t want to mention that.
With everything that Rachel and her team are finding out there are a lot of speculation into what exactly has happened and it’s a race against time to find the child that is missing. There was a few twist and turns and though I figured some of it out it still kind of surprised me in the end.
The characters are not very likable to be honest. I mean I felt sorry for them as their child is missing but Naomi drove me crazy. I probably liked Charlie a little bit better but then he made some dumb moves at times. It’s hard to put myself in their shoes to know if I would act like them or not as I don’t have kids, so someone with kids might understand them better. I did enjoy DCI Hart and she has some of her own demons to face. Something that happened to her when she was a child and one reason she wanted to take on this case instead of giving it over to someone else.
Overall, I thought it was a decent enough start to a new series and I would probably try the second one to see how it goes. If you like British crime novels you might enjoy this one.
Julia was born in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and began her career as a professional singer/dancer. This enabled her to travel the world in her late teens storing up experiences she has since included in her writing.
Following roles as a hostess on The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About ‘hit squad’ in the 1980s, she became a TV Presenter and filmed features for Sky Sports before launching the QVC shopping channel in 1993 where she still presents today. Having always wanted to write, she penned her first book, a memoir sold on QVC, in 2013 and has since written four full length novels, two novellas and several short stories.