Today i’m on the keep you near blog tour – I love Robin Roughley as an author he was one of my first new discoveries when we set up the UK crime Book club and has remained a favourite ever since. Keep you near is the first in a new series featuring Marnie Hammond.
A normal day in the park turns into a nerve shredding nightmare for eleven-year-old Marnie Hammond when she find herself in a desperate chase to stop the ‘bad man,’ from abducting Abby.
Fifteen years later, Marnie is a Detective Sergeant but the memory of her missing sister still haunts her dreams.
When it becomes clear that someone is stalking the streets of Kirkhead DS Hammond has her hands full, and after remains are discovered buried in dense woodland, Marnie fears the worst. But this is only the start of a nightmare that will unearth more bones, more victims and the terror that Abby might be among the dead.
To stop the monster Marnie knows she must break the rules, but when the twisted killer turns his attention on her it becomes a fight not only for the truth but for her sanity and her survival.
Can Marnie catch the murderer and solve her sister’s disappearance?
This is a change from Robin’s usual style of writing but it still has lots of features you’ve come to expect from a Robin Roughley book. Great characters – I particularly enjoyed the story arc that featured the young lad fresh out of a young offenders institution. Deftly written plot with plenty of twists, there are twists aplenty in this book. However it is really Dark, possibly too dark for some people it deals with the sensitive issue of child abduction and there were moments when I found it a difficult read. However it was compelling and gripping it had me from the very first page and i didn’t want to stop reading until I found out what happened to the characters involved. I would read more from this series but i’m not sure if I should describe this book as something I enjoyed due to the dark nature of the subject material.
If you are not easily upset and can cope with a dark and twisted crime novel then I heartily recommend this – Dark twisted and compelling this is truly a knockout 5* read from Robin.