A Times Crime Book of the Month.
'Everything a police procedural should be: sharp, funny, moving and tremendously exciting' The Times.
'Absorbing and twisty' Mark Edwards.
The newspapers called it The Bad Place. A remote farm out on the Thames estuary, where six children were held captive for two weeks. Five of them got out alive.
That was twenty years ago. Now adults, they meet up annually to hold a vigil for their friend who died. The only rule is that no-one can talk about what happened the night they escaped. But at this year's event, one of them witnesses a kidnapping. A young girl, Sammi, is bundled into a van in front of their eyes.
DI Sasha Dawson, of Essex Police, is certain that the key to finding Sammi lies in finding out the truth about The Bad Place. But she also knows that with every second she spends trying to unlock the past, the clock ticks down for the missing girl...
Is history repeating itself? Is one of the five responsible? Or is someone sending them a twisted message?
PRAISE FOR THE BAD PLACE:
'Dark, gripping and fast paced, The Bad Place grabs a hold and won't let you go ... Addictive summer reading' Katerina Diamond.
'Superb, smart, seat-edge stuff. DI Sasha Dawson is a brilliant creation' William Shaw.
'Utterly compelling and brilliantly realistic, The Bad Place is Mark's best book yet. One that will appeal to crime fans everywhere' Lisa Hall.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mark Hill’s The Bad Place introduces DI Sarah Dawson of Essex Police and springs an addictive mystery centred around a remote farm on the Thames estuary called “The Bad Place” by tabloid newspapers. But why? Well, 20 years ago, six children were held captive there for two weeks—with only five making it out alive. Each year, the survivors meet to hold a candlelit vigil for their lost friend, with one rule: that tragic night cannot be mentioned. In a chilling development, one survivor witnesses a young girl’s kidnapping and suddenly DI Dawson is on the case to try and avoid history repeating itself—and unlock the darkest secrets of “The Bad Place”. In addition to the gripping action, Hill excels in detailing the unique pressures of Dawson’s work-life balance to create an exhilarating and realistic read.
A good read
String ending to an entertaining story. Not quite brilliant. Strong enjoyable ending which contained a good twist or two. I read this because I’d been recommended book 2 in the series. Am now going to read the next book about the main police character Sasha Dawson as I now feel we know her well.
The Bad Place
A very good book with a well constructed story line. I was only surprised to find the author is a retired journalist, noting the couple of mis-uses of myself and yourself. However, it seems that very few people, when speaking and writing, have the remotest idea of the use of the words. Such is life, but it drives me mad when I am reading novels.
Excellent! Many twists and turns !! I couldn’t put it down, can’t wait to read his others books !!!