A dark and gripping thriller.
One missing girl. Two million suspects.
Ruby is a vlogger, a rising star of YouTube and a heroine to millions of teenage girls. And she's missing.... But she's an adult - nothing to worry about, surely. Until the video's uploaded...Ruby, in the dirt, pleading for her life.
Enter Detective Inspector Kate Riley: the Met's rising star and the head of a new team of investigators with the best resources money can buy. Among them Detective Sergeant Zain Harris, the poster boy for multiracial policing. But can Kate wholly trust him? And, more importantly, can she trust herself around him?
As hysteria builds amongst the press and Ruby's millions of fans, Kate and her team are under pressure to get results, and fast, but as they soon discover, the world of YouTube vloggers and social media is much darker than anyone could have imagined.
©2016 Alex Caan (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Lty
This book was excellent, the story was unique and very unpredictable and the subject matter is very current. The character development is paced and detailed well. You think this story is going one way and not only does it veer onto a different path, it successfully branches out to multiple and relevant facets that are seamlessly brought back together not only at the end but at certain points in the book -- which is very difficult to do in a novel. I was in a lull of crime novels and couldn't find another series or stand alone book to get into and this just renewed my crime novel fervor. Highly recommend this book.
This book had depth. The characters took a hold of you and I couldn't stop listening and wanting to know more. I want to know more still, even though the case was tied up nicely the writer could continue on with these characters.
To be fair I'm writing a review for a book I didn't finish. It is very rare for me to give up on a book. I'm one to hang on until the bitter end, hoping for a turnaround. I tried. I really did, but this book is pretty awful. The character development is so completely shallow and boring I could barely stay engaged. I repeatedly fell asleep while listening to this book and I finally just gave up. The plot is boring and unremarkable. I suppose there are some interesting elements to the story, but they weren't enough to save this book. I typically feel neutral about this narrator, but in this production her overacting was so extreme it was ridiculous. I can see how this book may appeal to some, but it's definitely not for me.
As much as I usually enjoy twists and turns in a story, this one almost made me carsick. Too many bad people to choose from ... too many different heavy topics... too much anger... and just too many F*bombs.
I bought this book without reading what it was about, or the reviews, I simply listened to the sample, assumed it to be in my "typical genre" and started listening. I admit that much like some reviewers said, it is long. Although, not really as long as the writer makes it seem, due to what I can only describe as an odd detour about halfway in that takes you into a seemingly pointless tangent about the Kongo, gun running, and some other stuff that had me ready to give up too. (And frankly, never fully understand, or agree to its need for being part of the book). Since up until that point, I thought I was listening to a story about the kidnapping & possible murder of a teenage vlogger, the switch to corporate greed worked a bit, but then it just escalated to a place that almost lost me... Ugh, I don't know what the authors point for that story line deviation is, but.. if you stick with it for about 3 or 4 (maybe more) chapters, you will come back to what had hooked you, or at least interested you in the beginning.
*** SPOILER*** A warning to anyone sensative or unable to handle any mention of child porn, if you have no interest in any book that deals with it, or are unable to handle any mention of it, even if the perpetrator is dealt with in the end, then this book is not for you. It turned out to be yet another twist in the book, but one that I could see triggering anyone sensitive to that sort of thing.
In the end, it is a good book, maybe a bit cliche, but still worth the listen in my opinion.
The overall story was a total snooze fest. I kept waiting for a plot twist that never came. The story was generic to say the least. The one thing I couldn't get past was the narrator's strange voice she used for the male character "Zayne." It was terrible and cringeworthy the way she tried to lower the tone of her voice.
This book's story line is so generic I couldn't even make it through.
Pretty solid thriller with interesting characters. My only complaint is the author's mention of Bitcoin framed as currency for criminals and misrepresenting the Silk Road.
"5***** Excellent book"
Finally a relatable 21st century crime thriller, looking forward to the next one. Brilliant debut novel by Alex Caan. Would definitely recommend.
"Throwing in the towel at chapter 16."
I have reached chapter 16 and I have decided to return this book. It is not well written (relentless use of 'he said', 'she said'), the characters are not, up to chapter 16, showing any signs of being fleshed out, and what could so well be a engaging story given the subject matter, is leaving me completely bored. There are some good reviews, so maybe I'm missing something, but I embrace the philosophy of 'so many books, so little time', so I'm off to start one I will enjoy.
"Glad it's over"
Was a struggle to get to the end. Uninspired writing and the narrators voicings were grating.
Glad to have finished with it. Wasn't bad enough to throw away but probably not good enough to have put on in the first place.
"brilliant book "
great original story. very likeable leading detectives with great humour that at times had me laughing out loud. imogen church fantastic narrator absolutely brilliant.
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