Truth Will Out by A.D Garrett
A mother and daughter are snatched on their way home from the cinema. The crime bears a number of chilling similarities to a cold case Prof. Nick Fennimore was involved in. Then Nick begins receiving taunting messages – is he being targeted by the kidnapper?
Meanwhile, a photograph emailed from Paris could bring Fennimore closer to discovering the fate of his daughter Suzie, now missing for six years. He seeks help from his old friend, DCI Kate Simms, recently returned from the US. But Kate is soon blocked from the investigation… The mother and childs’ lives hang in the balance as Fennimore and Simms try to break through police bureaucracy to identify their abductor.
This is the third in the DCI Simms and Professor Fennimore series and it’s an absolute corker of a read, which is really bizarre if you look back at it and realise that DCI Simms isn’t actually investigating any crime, she’s on the sidelines. This is an unusual tactic for a cop in a series, but the book holds so much to keep your attention and the characters are so well fleshed out and their actions so believable that you don’t notice or rather, don’t care that it doesn’t follow usual crime fiction conventions of cop finding crime and then going on to detect crime. It has a very real feel of policing politics as Kate Simms is kept away from the investigation and as she tries to keep her nose edged in.
There are some massive shocks in store in this book. I certainly wasn’t expecting them. And a lot of character emotion to go along with them and that’s something that I love about a book, the character’s and if I can connect to them and if I feel a need to follow their story and with this series and this book, I do. It had me turning the pages and not wanting to put it down. Fennimore is dogged in his determination to follow his beliefs and Simms, though she understands this, often becomes frustrated with him and this strong but difficult relationship plays out really well on the pages.
A great series and recommended for anyone who loves character-driven series crime with great stories.
With thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my copy.