**We were gifted a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own**
When it comes to genre I will literally read anything as long as the synopsis interests me however I’ll admit that I don’t naturally gravitate towards to thriller/crime section of the bookstore. But, always one to push myself outside my comfort zone and read new things I was intrigued to read Erin Kinsley’s latest release, Found , which the wonderful people at Headline Books kindly sent me. Today I’m sharing my full review of this 2019 release, so check out all the must-know details along with my thoughts.
About The Book
When 11 year old Evan vanishes without trace, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare.
Especially as the police, under massive pressure, have no answers. But months later Evan is unexpectedly found, frightened and refusing to speak. His loving family realise life will never be the same again.
DI Naylor knows that unless those who took Evan are caught, other children are in danger. And with Evan silent, she must race against time to find those responsible…
Evan and his friend are last out of school after rugby practice, all thanks to a lost boot and nearly find themselves locked in by the caretaker. With the boot found the boys can make their regular trip to the local newsagents for post school sweets before walking to the bus stop. But Evan never boards the bus home, leaving behind only a can of spilt pop to prove he was even waiting and marking the start of every parents worst nightmare realised.
Months later a fluke opportunity means Evan is found safe and well, but he is unwilling to talk about his attackers. With his pain carefully locked away Evan has to learn to live with the trauma he experienced and accept his life has changed, but the police need him to divulge information urgently. Another child has been taken in similar circumstances and Evan may hold the key piece of information needed to find the latest victim before it’s too late. But will he be brave enough to share what he knows?
Going into this book I didn’t know much about the story and had expected a highly charged thriller, however instead I was treated to an emotionally charged family drama that reduced me to tears. As a parent I knew the subject matter of this book would be an uncomfortable glimpse into my biggest fear, however Kinsley has ensured that the story is sensitively executed. The writing style isn’t overly complicated but kept me gripped throughout, with no idea of how things would end.
The details of the abduction and the experiences Evan was subjected to during his time being held aren’t graphically portrayed which personally I was pleased about. Instead the spotlight is firmly placed on the family relationships and emotions both when Evan was abducted and after his return, which I found offered a compelling, page turning read.
The story itself moves between the perspective of the family and the police officers involved in the case. I especially enjoyed the sections detailing the police procedures as well as the personal feelings they expressed, giving them a ‘human’ aspect that is often lacking in other crime novels.
The family relationships are all beautifully written offering what I can imagine is a reasonably realistic portrayal of the loss, division and struggles that would proceed such a traumatic event. I particularity enjoyed the dynamic between Evan and his Grandfather who he shares such a sweet, loving relationship with; it really made me sit and grin to myself reading their interactions and seeing how well they understand each other.
I couldn’t put this book down and flew through it in 24 hours. Despite not being what I expected I felt the well rounded story line and characters drew me in, keeping me engaged and invested in the outcome. I really enjoyed this book and will most certainly be keen to read future books from this author.
About The Author
Erin Kinsley is a full-time writer. She grew up in Yorkshire and currently lives in East Anglia. Now writing under a pseudonym, her previous books were published by Bloomsbury. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize amongst other awards, her writing has received glowing reviews across national press.