I found this book by a bit of a fluke. I took out an Amazon Prime trial, (for purposes only of free delivery) Then I discovered that could borrow books for free! ….I know, a bit behind on these things 😉
However, I had a little browse on what was available and came across Nowhere Child by Rachel Abbott. It sounded like my kind of read, so I gave it a go.
And my conclusion?………Why have I not read Rachel Abbott’s books before?
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Nowhere Child (DCI Douglas 4.5) by Rachel Abbott.
A stand-alone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott’s bestselling novel Stranger Child
Someone is looking for Tasha. But does she want to be found?
Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves.
The problem is, Emma isn’t the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her.
Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money – a lot of money – for information about Tasha’s whereabouts.
Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first?
She can run – but for how long can she hide?
Published October 14th 2015 by Black Dot Publishing Ltd
Nowhere Child is a novella and stand alone novel. It is also a follow on book from Stranger Child. I haven’t read Stranger Child and it did not matter at all. There are enough details that you don’t need any extra background reading.
Tasha is a runaway child, living on the streets of Manchester (UK). I do enjoy crime thriller books based in places close to me. American and Scandi ones are fab too, but it makes a difference when you have a knowledge of the area and the law where the book is based. Tasha has a lot of people looking for her, but she doesn’t know what they will do to her if they find her. With the help of her friend Andy from the streets, she tries to survive and hide.
This is a novella with plenty of plot, characterisation and tension packed into 179 pages. Although Tasha is the main character, the book is labeled as a DCI Douglas book. It took me a while to get an impression of DCI Douglas (Tom), at first I wasn’t sure whether or not to trust him. As a serial crime thriller reader, I have learnt not to trust anybody in fiction at first! You know what I mean crime lovers? However, since reading other reviews of this Author’s books, it seems that Detective Tom is a very likeable character. I’m sure when I read more books with him in, I will feel foolish for doubting his intent.
Nowhere Child read easily, with constant tension and concern for Tasha’s safety. It is very obvious that the Author knows the vast difference between the classes in Manchester, how the middle class see “dirty runaways”. This is no more clear than when Tasha needs help in a street of ‘regular’ people, but needs to take what should be unneccesssary action in order to be listened to.
I really enjoyed this read. Although I don’t feel inclined to go back to read Stranger Child, as it feels like I would already know the end, I do feel excited to read more of Rachel Abbott’s books. While looking into this Author and her books, I see she has a new book coming out in November called ‘And So It Begins’.