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    Great opening to a new series

    The Bad Place. 6 kids held captive for two weeks and 5 kids escaped leaving a girl, Becky brutally murdered right in front of police. The opening chapter was rather shocking and graphic, made me blood run cold, capturing my attention completely and immediately. Told in dual time lines, this book unravels what really happened in "The Bad Place" 26 years ago and the secrets behind Becky's death. The writing is solid and strong, and the flow is smooth and fluid overall without major lulls in the forward momentum of the story. Interspersed with Sasha's issues on the personal front, I enjoyed how her team of investigators closing in on the mastermind of what seemed like a recurring of the nightmare at The Bad Place. None of the survivors of The Bad Place are relatable or likable, not really, and they are all traumatized and deeply flawed, still haunted by what happened to them. Karin, one of the key characters and who appears to be the most reliable, decent one, looks in fact the most suspicious and keeps the darkest secret to herself which added to the intrigues of the story and fueled my curiosity to know whats going on. Story-wise, it was well-composed and executed overall, but I must say that I felt it a bit disorienting with so many red herrings and issues all over the place. So many things happening in this book both with regard to the investigation and Sasha's life which is not a bad thing per se, but some of the things came across a tad over the top, cramming too many events in one place. My biggest issue with this book might have lain with not seeing much from Sasha as a detective but more of her personal issues with her family. I might have expected to witness Sasha's competence and brilliance, but what this presented me is her vulnerability in her personal life as a mother, and a wife. Once again, I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I actually found those aspects of the story quite engaging and compelling, yet I wish I could have seen a bit more of her at the forefront of solving the case rather than consumed with worries and concerns of the safety and stability of her family. Well, to each their own, some may say. Despite my niggles, this story certainly held my interest with twists and turns, and it's really a well-written police procedural with the right amount of tension and thrills to whet my appetite. It pulled me in right off the bat and didn't let me go till the end. It picks up the pace nicely as we get closer to the core of the story and I am happy with how it wrapped up overall. The ending feel a little too neat and nicely tied in with a cute little bow, but I think this is a great opening of a series and I expect to see more from Sasha, preferably a bit more of her in her detective mode next time.
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    A Smart, Exciting Thriller!

    I didn't see THAT coming!! A terrific read - and one which has had me completely engrossed throughout. DI Sasha Dawson finds herself presiding over the case of a missing teenager, allegedly abducted from the streets. It turns out that the person reporting the crime is one of several youngsters who were abducted many years ago; indeed, when Sasha was a rookie she was present as the survivors emerged into the spotlight. Is this a genuine abduction, or do past events still affect those involved in what became known as The Bad Place? This is a riveting read; plenty of information flowing and it is the job of Sasha and her team to sieve through it and work out which are the definitive leads. As the story continues, it seems there is some connection to the historic case - even if it's only that it circles round those involved all those years ago. As with all great police procedurals, this story includes some details about the investigating team; their personalities and home lives and it all adds to the mix which makes for a thrilling and exciting novel with a very clever plot. This is a book choc-a-bloc with flawed characters and it made my day to see that it is first in a planned series! Definitely an author to follow - M. K. Hill can keep the reader glued to the page with a smart, interesting tale and one which fully deserves all five stars.
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    The Bad Place

    I had read the reviews before starting this book, once I had started I thought everyone must have been talking about a different book, it was a very slow and dull start but I persevered and so glad I did it picked up at an alarming rate and was just as the reviews had said a great read. Will be reading the next in what promises to be a good series.

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