- Author: Owen Mullen
- Published: January 2017 by Bloodhound Books
- Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction, Book Review, Books, Reading
An utterly gripping crime thriller from ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’
Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.
Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.
After being involved in the blog tour for Delaney, And So It Began I wanted to read more of Owen Mullen’s work, so I went back to his debut novel featuring Private Investigator, Charlie Cameron.
Mark and Jennifer Hamilton were enjoying at day at Ayr beach with their young daughter, Lily. Deciding on a last swim before they left was the worst decision Jennifer could have made. The water was cold, much more so than it had been earlier, and Jennifer found herself in a life threatening situation. Seeing Jennifer was in difficulties, Mark sat Lily in the pushchair before racing into the water after Jennifer. By the time Mark had pulled a limp Jennifer from the sea, Lily was gone.
A few days later Mark Hamilton turns up at Charlie’s office, telling him he knows who took Lily and begs for his help to find the person. Against his better judgement and after trying to persuade Mark to go to the police, Charlie agrees to take the case. He understands Mark’s suffering.
His face had the hollowed out look of a Halloween pumpkin. He didn’t answer my question.
‘You think I’m imagining it. My wife is clinging to her sanity because of me.’
‘That’s not what I think at all.’
‘I’m not asking you to get involved in the official investigation. I want to hire you to locate a missing person. I want you to find Donna Morton. I’ll tell Jennifer when she’s better and Lily’s safe. Help me.’
First the blonde kid on the ferry, now this. Forces too powerful to resist were gathered against me, taking me where I didn’t want to go. I understood. I shouldn’t touch this one, yet I felt the decision slipping away from me.