Author – Anna Smith
Published – 2012
Genre – Crime fiction
This is the second crime novel by Anna Smith, featuring Rosie Gilmour the journalist we first met in The Dead Won’t Sleep. Picking up just a six months from the end of the previous book, Rosie is in Spain recuperating from the ordeals of her investigation into bent policeman Gavin Fox. When a young Scottish girl is snatched from outside her parent’s holiday home on the beach on the Costa del Sol, Rosie is the obvious journalist for the Post to send.
Enthusiastic to be back on the job Rosie begins her investigation into the girl’s disappearance, accompanied by the Post’s photographer Matt. She catches an early break when she’s approached by a young Moroccan man, a rent boy, who not only has important information about the abduction, but who also gives Rosie a lead on a story which strikes at the heart of the British government.
As well as seeing the story from Rosie’s point of view, we also follow Amy’s abductor Besmir. Caught up in the sex trade and trafficking, Besmir is haunted by his past and the fate of this little girl brings back memories which drive him to question what he is doing for him employer – a man not to be argued with!
As with the previous book, Smith brings the characters to life and you know that she is drawing on her own experiences in telling these unpalatable stories.
It’s hard not to think of the story of Madeline McCann when reading this book – the huge publicity the story attracted when Maddy was first snatched will be familiar to many people reading this book – but hopefully that’s where the similarities end.
If you enjoyed The Dead Won’t Sleep, then you won’t be disappointed by this second installment. The essential ingredients of the ballsy, uncompromising journalist, a hard-hitting story, strong language and plenty of action are all there.
If you’re new to these novels there’s enough background to fill in any important information, although in fact there might be a little too much for any new readers to want to go back and read the previous book.
Thanks to Quercus for the review copy of this book.
Score – 4/5