Missing In Wales by Jenny O’Brien #blogtour @rararesources @ScribblerJB

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Missing in Wales by Jenny O’Brien. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my invite onto the tour. And today is publication day!

About this book…

Missing in Wales, the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister. The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon. 

Alys is fine – don’t try to find us

Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?

DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago. 

My review…

I absolutely loved The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien so was really looking forward to Missing in Wales and I wasn’t disappointed! As soon as it landed on my kindle, I devoured it and wanted to read the next in the series immediately!! Yes, Missing in Wales is the start of a new series for this author featuring her newly created detective DC Gabriella Darin and I think that she’s onto a winner with this enthusiastic young detective. Gaby Darin is feisty and purposeful character that I took to immediately and that took this crime thriller to the next level for me!

I found the plot very emotional at times. Izzy has only recently become a mother to her new baby girl so she’s tired and emotionally exhausted. When her partner takes Alys out for a few hours, she is happy to have a few hours rest but her worst nightmare is about to begin when they don’t return home as expected. Five years later she receives a postcard telling her that they are both fine and not to look for them but as any mother will tell you, that is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN! So when DC Gaby Darin is transferred from Swansea, her new eye is drawn to this cold case especially since Izzy thinks she has seen a face from the past who may be able to shed light on what happened five years ago.

The Welsh setting worked perfectly for this atmospheric mystery and the intriguing storyline kept me engrossed throughout. Add to the mix an engaging cast of characters and some brilliant twists and turns and this book becomes the first instalment in a must read series. The second book in the series, Stabbed in Wales, had a cover reveal this week which more than whet my appetite for things to come from Jenny O’Brien.

Highly recommended by me!

Meet the author…

Jenny O’Brien was abandoned in Dublin at the tender age of 17 by her parents when they decided to move to Wales. It was only on the completion of her studies that she was finally able to join them. 
She’s an avid reader and book blogger in addition to being a RoNA book judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. 
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.
Jenny currently resides on the island of Guernsey with her husband, children and cats. She works as a nurse and writes in her spare time. 
Readers can find out more about Jenny and her books on her blog: 
https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com and she can also be found on 
Twitter and Instagram as ‘scribblerjb’.
Facebook (Jenny O’Brien Guernsey Writer)
Books in series reading order, although each is stand-alone:-THRILLERS
The Stepsister
Missing in Wales
Ideal Girl
Girl Descending
Unhappy Ever After Girl
Englishman in Blackpool (Free short story)
Englishwoman in Paris
Englishwoman in Scotland
Englishwoman in Manhattan
Englishwoman at Christmas
Short stories
Dunkirk, Rescuing Robert
Framed, 10 Lords a Leaping
For children (7-13 years)
Boy Brainy (Free)
Granny’s Gone AWOL in Guernsey

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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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