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  • A straightforward police procedural

    Little Boy Lost is the third novel in the DCI Anna Tate series. Following the events of the second book, DCI Anna Tate has been reunited with her long lost daughter Chloe, and is on compassionate leave. However, London finds itself in the middle of widespread riots, short on manpower, and it’s not long before DCI Tate is recalled early to investigate a particularly sordid case. In the attic of an abandoned pub set aflame during the riots, firefighters have found the body of an eleven years old boy, Jacob Rossi, son of a TV personality, who had recently been abducted and died captive, from inhaling smoke. While DCI Tate is investigating the case, Her daughter finds herself lost in the midst of the riots, as a consequence of a series of unfortunate events, and with no means to warn her mother. Those two storylines run concurrently for a good part of the book. Little Boy Lost is a light reading police procedural, with emphasis on procedural. As it stands, there is not much detecting, but rather straightforward and linear police work : getting off the seats, knocking on doors, combing through hours of CCTV, interrogating witnesses and suspects, and good team management from the DCI. It’s this solid police work that will ultimately lead to the solving of the crime. While interesting at first, the citywide riots in the background end up slowing the rhythm of the story. I had the same feelings about Chloe’s ordeals in the midst of those same riots. I cared for her in the beginning, then was tempted to flip pages to get back to the main story. However, these parts serves good character development, which is expected in such a series of novels to keep the reader interested in the further investigations of DCI Anna Tate. Thanks to Avon Books UK, Harper & Collins, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for this unbiased review.

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  • This book is action from the very start

    Little Boy Lost is the 3rd book featuring DCI Anna Tate, and the 3rd book that I have given 5 stars to. I love this series and jumped at the chance to read an early review copy. These books completely hook you in early on and I am yet to see an ending coming. Anna is an inspiring woman, a strong leader who never gives up. She cares about her victims and wants justice for them, no matter what. This book is action from the very start and it makes you want to keep reading to see what will happen next. Anna is called back to work early from her compassionate leave when the body of a young boy is found chained to the wall of the basement in an abandoned pub. London is in crisis with riots and looting happening all over the city, a reaction to the actions of the police. They discover that the boy is the son of a well known TV personality, a man with a number of enemies. At the same time Anna’s daughter Chloe finds herself alone and scared and without her phone amongst the riots. Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

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  • Fast paced thriller

    A really good and solid police procedurral thriller with a brilliant twist at the end! A series of pre-dawn raids across London leads to the accidental killing of a gang leaders pregnant wife and this sets off a backlash that leads to roits all over London. Soon its turn ugly with shops set alight and police being attacked. A derelict pub is set alight and in the basement the body of a missing boy is found chained to the wall. DCI Anna Tate is called back from compassionate leave to look into the case. Together with the detective who looked into the disappearance of the boy she tries to find out what happened. Her own daughters life is also in danger when she finds herself on the street in the middle of the riots. I liked the storyline and found it a captivating read.

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  • A Superb Read

    Little Boy Lost is a great new release in the DCI Anna Tate crime series; I heard wonderful things about the first, In Safe Hands, and the second, At Your Door, and was hoping that the third would live up to that reputation. It certainly did! I love that this novel has so many elements of a great crime series for me – a strong female lead, an abundance of sound police procedures, some twists without being unbelievable, and an easy to read, yet interesting plot. Little Boy Lost ticked all these boxes and was a fabulously entertaining read! This could easily be enjoyed as a stand alone novel, but reading them in order would, of course, enable more understanding about Anna as a character, and her past. Anna is an inspiring woman, determined and vigilant, as well as a strong leader who never gives up. She cares about her victims and wants justice for them, no matter what the consequences might be. I felt connected to Anna and shared her worries surrounding her daughter, Chloe. I really enjoyed the intensity of the action in the story. Set in London during a time of dreadful unrest, J. P. Carter recreates the horrors of the 2011 riots. Time is ticking away as Anna investigates the murder of a young boy at a time when all police forces are being stretched to the limits. It all felt incredibly real and believable; I experienced the stress and anxiety endured by Anna and Chloe and could not fathom how the authorities were going to cope. While Anna is investigating the case, her daughter finds herself lost in the midst of the riots, as a consequence of some unfortunate events, and unable to warn her mother. Those two storylines run concurrently for a sizable part of the book. Both storylines are really intriguing and kept me turning the pages throughout – I read this book in just a few hours. There are some gritty parts to this story as well as oodles of suspense, and this in addition to the great characters and the well-constructed plot, makes for a truly brilliant read, in what is definitely a favourite new crime series' of mine! I will be reading the first two books in the series, and confidently recommend Little Boy Lost. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request, from Avon Books via NetGalley, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Little Boy Lost

    Superb. Brilliant. This is a fast-paced, highly interesting and well laid out novel and plot. I have now read all three in this series and I sincerely hope the author is on the way with book 4 because not to continue this series would be devastating. Highly recommend this read, but be prepared to set everything else aside until you finish it.

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