Gone Astray - Michelle Davies

Genre: Thriller/Detective
Synopsis: Lesley and her husband Mack are the sudden winners of a £15 million EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter Rosie to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives - and friends - as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams. But it soon turns into their darkest nightmare when, one beautiful spring afternoon, Lesley returns to their house to find it empty: their daughter Rosie is gone. DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and Mack, supporting them while quietly trying to investigate the family.


Review: I was a little hesitant about starting this book, as it is the first in yet another detective series - and having just read (and loved) two books in the Matilda Darke detective series, I was afraid this one would not live up. However, I decided to give it a go as the two leading ladies play quite different roles - while DCI Matilda Darke heads a Murder Unit, DC Maggie Neville is assigned as a Family Liason Officer. Her role sounded really interesting, and I don't think I've ever read a thriller/detective novel from that perspective before. I'm pleased to say it was well worth the read.

I liked the premise of the story as well, as you often hear about the pleas lottery winners receive from the public for some of their winnings. This story takes that to extremes, with the apparent kidnapping of young Rosie. The characters are generally very likeable, and the story is well written. Maggie herself is maybe not the most interesting character in the world (her personal crises are just not as engaging as those of tortured Matilda Darke), but she's at what she does and most importantly is not UNlikeable.

As with many of these types of books, the ending was a little unbelievable, but overall it held together pretty well. It's definitely enough to leave me wanting to read the next installment in the series.

Rating: 4/5 

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