The missing people aren’t in danger. They’re the dangerous ones.
Spoiler free review
Publication Date: 12 December 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Women Sleuth
Goodreads Rating: 3.83
Amazon Link: Buy on Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★
Four strangers are missing. Left behind are birthday cards that read: Your gift is the game. Dare to play?
The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.
As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.
But what if they are the ones she should fear?
The story follows Dr Augusta Bloom and Marcus Jameson, her partner, as they investigate into the disappearances of these people. Leona Deakin actually has another book, Lost, coming out in October featuring Dr Bloom which I am super excited to read. Dr Bloom is such an amazing character. It is really refreshing to read a thriller with a female detective doing the investigating herself. She was independent and, although we didn’t get to know that much about her history, I am looking forwards to reading the next novel in hopes of discovering more about Augusta!
Marcus Jameson, her partner, was another very strong character. He worked with the Secret Service for some time and, despite everything he has been through, manages to cope with a rather sharp sense of humour. He is linked to one of the women who goes missing, as his sister often babysits for the woman’s daughter, so he has a close connection with the case and begins to help Augusta investigate it. It’s hard not to love Marcus and root for him, as halfway through the book he begins a romantic relationship with another character.
The book is written in the perspective of both Dr Augusta Bloom and Marcus Jameson, very easy to follow and a smooth book to read. It wasn’t confusing, even when the storyline thickened, and I found it simple to read. It was descriptive, with short and snappy sentences added for effect. I really love the writing style Leona adopts and, after reading the little extract of Lost at the end of the book, am glad to see that she carries this over in her other book.
I decided to give this book a five stars as I found it to be a very unique idea. I was instantly hooked as soon as I found out that the missing strangers were the dangerous ones, and I was especially curious to find out what exactly linked the strangers together. I recommend this book for anyone who loves books with a strong female lead and mystery.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? If you haven’t read this book, do you think you will?