Detective Jack Caffery is called in to investigate a car-jacking. But this one is different from usual – there was a young girl in the back seat of the car when it was stolen. Thinking that the girl was taken by mistake, the police wait for her to be left somewhere. But, as the hours tick by, the police realise that this is a kidnapping. And, as even more hours go by, the chances of finding 11 year old Martha alive start to diminish.
There is no evidence left behind, and the car-jacker seems to be cleverer than the average criminal. The police start to receive taunting letters and text messages from the car-jacker.
Then another car containing 4 year old Emily is taken. And still the police have no solid leads to the identity of the car-jacker and to what the victims have in common. And they feel that it is only a matter of time before the car-jacker strikes again.
The more clues that the police stumble across, the scarier it seems to get.
In addition to the book taking us inside the crime investigation (including the use of the underwater search unit – headed by Flea Marley), we also get inside the heads of individual police, the parents, and Caffery’s sounding board – known as the Walking Man. The book is so well written that you can start to feel their fears and insecurities.
This was one of those books that kept me reading well into the early hours because I just couldn’t put it down. This is the first Mo Hayder book that I’ve read, so I am now keen to read some more of her books, especially the other books from the Walking Man series: ‘Birdman’, ‘The Treatment’, ‘Ritual’ and ‘Skin’.
Book Published 2010