This book was given to me by a friend and sat amongst my to-read pile for a while. After having read a few historical novels I was ready for something a bit more fast paced and was intrigued by the blurb. Ten years ago DCI Louisa Smith was part of the investigation into the disappearance of fifteen year old Scarlett Rainsford. The search was fruitless. Now, Scarlett has been discovered back in her home town and Lou is determined to find out what happened to her.
Based on research into real cases of people trafficking and told from the perspective of Lou, her colleague Sam and Scarlett herself, the novel is frighteningly realistic and vivid. This novel kept me interested and I couldn’t put it down. Spanning ten years it is impressive how much detail is included and how well Haynes keeps the pace throughout. The three women have very distinct personalities but the stories intertwine well. There are a lot of reports, emails and texts throughout and you definitely have to pay attention to understand the plot with so many twists and turns and a wide expanse of characters.
I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it. It certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, with some scenes that are quite difficult to read. I would be interested to read more of Haynes work as her researchales for a very realistic and dramatic read. Unputdownable!