Wendy Cartmell

Author of the Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

This was a cleverly constructed, utterly absorbing mystery thriller. Kate is a strong character, who won’t take no for an answer, and pursues those answers even when things get very close to home indeed. Every mother’s nightmare is a lost child, of whatever age, and Ms Barton shows us the emotional cost on all the family members, not just the mother. It was a totally absorbing read, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Suspect is available from Amazon.

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