‘Wednesday’s Child’ is Peter Robinson’s 6th DI Banks novel and is undoubtedly one of the best.
Brenda Scupham is not very bright. She never particularly wanted children and doesn’t pay a lot of attention to her 7 year old daughter Gemma. So when two child protection officers arrive to investigate abuse allegations, Brenda lets them take Gemma away. It is not until hours after they were due to return Gemma that she finally calls the police. Now DI Banks and his team are investigating Gemma’s abduction. His boss – Gristhorpe is actively involved because he is still haunted by a child abduction case from when he was a young policeman.
Then a body is found. But, it is not Gemma. It is a 30 year old man. Now the team is split in two with Banks leading the investigation into Carl Johnson’s brutal murder and Gristhorpe continuing to hunt for Gemma and her kidnappers.
Gradually the two vases merge with the police on the trail of a deranged psychopath and the body count continuing to climb.
There is a cast of brilliant characters in the story – Brenda Scupham. Her petty criminal boyfriend, a psychic who convinces Brenda that Gemma is still alive and a rich South African diamond mine owner with some very unsavoury tastes. And many regular characters appear in this story – Sandra Banks, the Banks children, Susan Gay, Jim Hatchley and Jenny Fuller.
The story is incredibly suspenseful throughout and it isn’t till the last page that we finally find out how it’s going to end.
This is definitely one DI Banks story that you don’t want to miss. I hope that the next one in the series – ‘Dry Bones that Dream/ Final Account’ is as brilliant.
Book Published 1992