There is a lot going on in Stolen! There’s a detective who finds out her father is a crime boss, missing dogs, missing old people, a drug addicted ex-nun…yeah, let that last one sink in! Stolen is a violent and exciting story of murder and the resulting mayhem in the Manchester area.
The elements all mixed together and reminded me a bit of an American Horror Story –esque idea at times – and that’s not a bad thing!
Ya’ll know I like my violence – and I for sure got it in Stolen, but the heart of the story really is people driven as it explores the relationship between Lucy and her crime boss father.
Let me backtrack a bit. Frank is a dangerous crime boss – so dangerous he is on the police lists for top crime bosses. His daughter is a detective – that’s not exactly a recipe for a healthy daddy-daughter relationship! We weave between storylines of: will she tell her colleague, will they find out, will her career end, what are the consequences? It’s quite tense at times, but most of the tension comes from the relationship between Lucy and Frank.
Lucy was a character I really liked; she’s gritty, she takes no shit and she seemed real. I was barely one chapter in and I was rooting for her!
However she was pretty much the only character I got a handle on. This was because a lot of characters are introduced in Stolen and somethings I was a bit of an overload. This is also kind of true for the story – I found myself re-reading passages to catch up.
I think the story could have been edited a bit to make it more interconnected and less like a rushed jigsaw puzzle with some pieces missing.
But whilst the pace was very fast, Stolen was well-written.
This was my first Lucy Clayburn book, I read it as a standalone – which is possible, of course. However I feel like if I’d have read the previous two books in the series id have gotten more out of it.
But all in all, Stolen was a great, hard-hitting thriller that will satisfy your violent streak!
Thank you to Avon for partnering with me for this review.
How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?
DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.
Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their everyday lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.
Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children’s animation and for Dr Who. However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers, crime and horror. His most successful works to date are the six-novel DS Heckenburg crime series, and the new Lucy Clayburn series, the first instalment of which, STALKERS, reached no. 7 in the Sunday Times best-sellers chart.
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