FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SNAP
'The most polished crime writer on the murder beat' Daily Express
Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here.
Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel.
But in one careless moment everything changed.
A front door accidentally left ajar . . . and Daniel was gone.
Now they are a pair of strangers who can't even look each other in the eye.
Distrust and unspoken words fill the void where their son used to be.
Anna will go to any lengths to find Daniel - a four-year-old doesn't just vanish into thin air. But how far will this desperate search push her?
Right to the brink.
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Det. Chief Insp. John Marvel, the misanthropic policeman in this intricate, surprise-filled crime novel from British author Bauer (Blacklands), can "see the bad in anyone." Marvel is still obsessed by his failure to solve the case of Edie Evans, a preteen who vanished on her way to school a year earlier. The inspector is drawn into another mystery when he crosses paths with Anna Buck, whose four-year-old son, Daniel, disappeared right in front of their home after her husband negligently left the front door open. The last tangible evidence of her child is footprints Daniel left in a newly laid patch of cement, which she dutifully cleans every day. Anna's despair leads her to a psychic, who happens to have been the same person Marvel turned to at one point in the Evans case. The solution is fairly clued, but it's Bauer's talent at making the characters' emotional lives (especially Anna's) palpable that makes this a standout.
A good who-dunnit !!
Hard to put down!