In my opinion...
I enjoyed AA Chaudhuri’s first novel The Scribe, so was interested to read her second novel.
The premise was interesting & once again I liked Maddy & Carver’s characters. The story moves along at pace with twists and turns, but I found it a little disconcerting that early on I was let into the secret of what had happened, and why- which didn't leave me with any surprise revelations.
Also, I know I'm a horrible cynic, but I really don't see that Maddy could be as involved in the investigation as she becomes, yes, yes, I know it's a story! That said I raced through the novel, as the author has a very natural and readable style.
I hope that in Ms Chaudhuri's next book, she moves away from team Maddy and Carver, as she can tell a great story- maybe Maddy could set up a detective agency on her own?
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Madeline Kramer has finally got her life back on track at top City law firm Sullivan, Blake, Monroe. But when two armed, masked men burst into a conference room one lunchtime, kidnapping inept trainee, Charlotte Dempsey, and popular head of litigation, Richard Barker, Maddy’s life is plunged into disarray once more—particularly when charismatic DCI Jake Carver, who caught a heartless killer when they last met and with whom Maddy shared a mutual chemistry, is called to the scene.
Things become more complicated when a disturbing video reveals two more trainees, Matthew Gerard and Stephen Baines, have been taken. What initially appears as a random kidnapping for mercenary gain soon evolves into something far more complex, the horrifying events of thirty years ago motivating the abductors and having colossal implications for those in the present...
Against a backdrop of sleaze, sex, lies and murder in The Abduction, Maddy and Carver must work together to unravel the truth, and ensure that no crimes—past or present—are left unpunished.
Thank you to
@AAChaudhuri for my ARC
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