'Stomach-churning, fast-paced, top-notch' Sunday Express
Night is falling as murder detective Jack Caffrey arrives to interview the distraught victim of a car-jacking.
What he hears horrifies him. The car was taken by force, and on the back seat was a passenger. An eleven-year-old girl. Who is still missing.
Before long the jacker starts to communicate with the police. And Caffrey becomes certain that he is planning to take another car. And another child.
Who is the car-jacker? How is he choosing his targets? And - most urgent of all - can Caffrey find the child?
Before it's too late . . .
Readers are gripped by Gone:
***** 'I tried and tried to read this one slowly but it was so thrilling I just had to keep going.'
***** 'Wicked story that chilled and thrilled with every page turn.'
***** 'Kept me spellbound and excited.'
***** 'A gripping page turner with wonderful twists.'
A carjacking goes from bad to horrifying in Hayder's gripping fifth thriller featuring Bristol Det. Insp. Jack Caffery and Sgt. Phoebe "Flea" Marley (after Skin). When Rose Bradley's car is stolen with her 11-year-old daughter, Martha, inside, it appears to be a routine snatch-and-grab. It becomes clear, however, that the carjacker had his sights set on the girl, not the vehicle, when he begins taunting the police, who scramble to find clues to Martha's whereabouts. Jack soon discovers a pattern of similar kidnappings disguised as car thefts, with the level of violence ratcheted up in each case. As Jack tracks the kidnapper above ground, Flea's search takes her below ground and underwater into a decommissioned canal and tunnel, where she fights to save her own life and that of the kidnapped child. Hayder expertly brings to life the claustrophobia of Flea's dives and the emotional burden of the case on Jack.