The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One girl will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for DI Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour...
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families' past might hold the key to saving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someones child pay the ultimate price?
Lost Girls is the third book in the DI Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons; I'm sure I said this last time but this really is the best so far! I felt like everything was heightened in this book, the tension, the danger, the drama, the emotions; I was on the edge of my seat throughout.
DI Kim Stone takes on the case of two nine-year-old girls who have been kidnapped. There has been a similar case just over a year ago but only one girl came back the the body of the other has never been found. This time Kim is determined to get both girls back safely.
Kim and her team are up against time but they are also up against the girls' parents. How long will it be before one of them offers the kidnappers a ransom , saving their child whilst sealing the deadly fate of the other?
The book goes back and forth between Kim and her team working with the parents and the girls who have been taken and who are being held prisoners. The chapters that dealt with the girls' ordeal were terrifying; Angela Marsons conveyed the terror and anguish they go through, some of these scenes sent chills through me. The people involved in the actual kidnapping are completely abhorrent and you are left in no doubt that once they have got what they want, the girls mean nothing to them.
Kim Stone is a fantastic creation, I felt that this book showed a little more of her caring side without losing any of the determination and stubbornness that I have come to love. Again, I really enjoyed the dynamics of Kim and her team; the way in which they worked felt very realistic and it was interesting to see how they picked the case apart.
If you have read Angela Marsons others books then get hold of Lost Girls as soon as you can. If you've not read any of Angela's books then what are you waiting for!
Many thanks to Bookouture for allowing me to review this book via Netgalley.