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  • A well-written and intriguing debut novel

    Last Seen is the debut novel by Joy Kluver, and it's a story I was excited to read. Even though it's not my usual choice when it comes to crime fiction purely because as a Brit I don't tend to enjoy a lot of British detective stories. But there was just something about this one that appealed to me, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it. As it was a well-written and intriguing story that easily pulled me in and perfectly detailed the South West without creating regional stereotypes. Furthermore, the police procedural aspects were on point, and there were just enough twists and turns to keep me reading even when the pace dropped off. And with likable characters who have plenty more to offer I'm excited to see what comes next. Would recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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  • Wonderful Debut!

    A wonderful debut from a new author who I will definitely follow in future. A complicated case with a new DI in a new village with lots of twists and turns to keep you interested all the way through. A great start to a promising series! Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!

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  • Good start of a series

    Last Seen storyline is gripping, addictive and captivating. It has suspense, tension, mystery, researched police procedural, almost like you are there in the book. I was absolutely hooked from the first page to the last. I was pretty surprised and had a complete shock while reading all those twists and turns and I didn't knew the quilty one almost until the end. It is promising first installment of a series focused on Detective Bernadette Noel and I can say it is a good start and I hope it will be a long series. I enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to everyone who likes to read police procedural and Angela Marsons books.

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  • Joy Kluver to the must-read crime thriller

    A new detective series featuring fast tracked Detective Inspector Bernie Noel in her first major crime investigation. A five-year-old child is snatched from the park in the small village of Otterfield and the close-knit community is reluctant to help. As the team processes various leads, the disappearance of another little girl twenty-five years earlier increases the pressure on them. With slow progress and threats of bringing in another team, Bernie must discover the family’s secrets and the reasons for the community’s unwillingness to assist. Then tragedy strikes again, further complicating the investigation and raising the tension until the climax of a resolution. You can now add Joy Kluver to the must-read crime thrillers, with this worthy four-star rating gripping police procedural. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are freely given and totally my own.

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  • Simply amazing a roller coaster ride !!

    Note - I received this digital arc for free as a courtesy of Net Galley and Bookouture publishers in return for an honest feedback. Last Seen by Joy Kluver is the first book in the Detective Bernadette Noel Series. The catch line in the book cover of ' A little girl is missing. So why is no one looking for her?' was what made me pick this psychological detective thriller up despite the decision to take a short sabbatical from reading detective thrillers for a while. And I m totally glad that I didn't leave this one out !! For a debutant author, this book is simply a gem that just cannot be missed !! Newly instated to the area ,DI Bernadette (Bernie) Noel is assigned her first case as a newly promoted DI with the Wiltshire Police - the case of a missing five-year-old girl named Molly Reynolds. But the catch here is that no one in the area of Ottersfield or the nearby Marchant seemed intrigued, concerned or even helpful to the police in finding the child. Bernie and the team are at a loss as they see every lead turning out to be a dead end. Until Bernie discovers an old case, gone cold 25 years back to have striking resemblance and a close link to the disappearance of Molly. The story is all about how Bernie resolves to finding a closure to both the cases in time before things take a drastic turn for the worst. The story was a complete roller coaster and the twists and turns in the 358 pages book made it practically impossible to even gauge the gender of the culprit till more than half of the story was complete. The suspect list was simply growing, jumping from one person to the other and close to the end , it was possible to anticipate the probable culprit. It was so appealing !! The characterization was relatable however at times, I did feel the character sketch of Bernie and DS Anderson ( A potential romantic angle who has a past ) could have been strengthened a bit more as at times, it felt a little out of place trying to understand the background or gauge the reason for their behaviors. Many a times, instances from Bernie's past were quoted but quite vaguely. I understand it may be potential lots for the future books in this series however it would have been nice if the character foundation was a bit more stronger. ( the only reason why I rate this book as 4 stars !! ). Profane language usage is borderline to moderate. The language is quite simple to read and understand which is why this book is perfect for all readers aged 15+. Rest assured the book is a fabulous read. So looking forward to read more from this series.

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