In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter #blogtour @AvonBooksUK

Today I’m sharing my review of In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter. Many thanks to Sabah Khan for my blog tour invite!

About this book…

How far would you go to save the ones you love? The first book in a stunning new crime series featuring DCI Anna Tate.

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by £1million daily. And they know that one little boy in particular is fighting for his life.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DCI Anna Tate has ever worked on – not only because nine children are being held hostage, but because she’s pretty sure that someone close to them is lying…

My review…

It’s every parents worst nightmare wrapped up in a fictional thriller here when 9 very young children are abducted from a day nursery in South London. I mean, it’s hard enough being a working parent and feeling guilty for putting your child into daycare, but abduction is probably the last of the worries about leaving them in nursery! So straight away I knew that In Safe Hands would be a chilling insight into how the parents of these children would cope. Putting myself in their shoes I knew that there would be a mixture of guilt, anger and frustration shooting through their terrifying ordeal and it would be a tough read at times.

This is hopefully the first in a series following DCI Anna Tate and I really enjoyed my first introduction to her. She has an intriguing backstory that makes this case a difficult one for her to work on but it also means that she is the best person for the job. I think I enjoyed delving into her private life just as much as the criminal activity she is sent in to investigate and I found her empathy and understanding added an extra layer to her own personal tragedy as well.

I always enjoy a gritty police procedural and In Safe Hands was a definitely fast paced, engrossing read full of really interesting characters and with some great twists as well. Be warned though that the scenes involving the kidnappers were incredibly tense and also very difficult to read at times due to the very young ages of the children involved!

I loved Anna Tate and can’t wait to meet her again especially as we leave her on rather a cliffhanger ending! This is a well written book with a contemporary feel that I would definitely recommend to readers of crime thrillers. Here’s to book 2!!

Meet the author…

J. P. Carter is the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has also written sixteen books under the names Jaime and James Raven. Before becoming a full-time writer he spent a career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and television producer. He was, for a number of years, director of a major UK news division and co-owned a TV production company. He now splits his time between homes in Hampshire and Spain with his wife.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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