Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer

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Where the novel stutters is in its pacing: Bauer's prose lacks urgency, moving from the perspective of abductee to abductor, Reynolds to Holly, Steven to Davey, slowing down the action, leaking away energy.
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The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and - as if by slick, sick magic - had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel...'You don't love him'...At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor. Children are being stolen from cars. Each disappearance is marked only by a terse note - a brutal accusation. There are no explanations, no ransom demands ...and no hope. Policeman Jonas Holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he's to stand any chance of catching him. But - still reeling from a personal tragedy - is Jonas really up to the task? Because there's at least one person on Exmoor who thinks that, when it comes to being the first line of defence, Jonas Holly may be the last man to trust...
 

About Belinda Bauer

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Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter and her scriptThe Locker Roomearned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters. Her debut novelBlacklandsearned her the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year. She lives in Wales and is currently working on her next novel.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Bantam Press. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jan 14 2012

Where the novel stutters is in its pacing: Bauer's prose lacks urgency, moving from the perspective of abductee to abductor, Reynolds to Holly, Steven to Davey, slowing down the action, leaking away energy.

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