Australian crime novelist Katherine Howell, who worked as a paramedic for 15 years, brings firsthand experience to this detective novel.
Paramedic Sophie Phillips finds herself with a husband, a police officer, in the hospital from a gun injury and a 10-month-old child who has been abducted. Detective Ella Marconi leads the police search for the child, but Phillips attempts to find her child herself with the help of her husband’s partner.
Caroline Lee uses an Australian accent and a gruff, plainspoken delivery that helps to accentuate the grittiness of Frantic and its subject matter.
©2007 Katherine Howell; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishers Pty Ltd.
"A thrilling entry into the crime genre... This is a confident, well-explored and satisfying novel." (Good Reading Magazine)
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The heroine works as a paramedic and her husband is a cop. Following a traumatic incident her husband is rather distant and uncommunicative with her - this led to a weak moment and a night spent with one of her husband's colleagues. The feelings of guilt and the difficult situation she has to endure are really well described. However she is not the only one with guilty secrets and when her baby son is kidnapped the heroine becomes embroiled in taking matters into her own hands with unfortunate consequences. The action takes place in Australia and there is a strong sense of place - I like to read thrillers from other cultures for this very reason to get an idea of how it is to live in different climates and how it influences behaviour and so forth. I wouldn't say the plot was the most original I've ever read but it was convincing enough and well written. The narrator does a reasonable job and although she doesn't have an irritating voice she can sometimes read slightly on the slow side or at least fails to vary pace in accordance with the unfolding action.
On the whole an enjoyable experience. It is also the first in a series so I will probably try out later books to see if there is a marked improvement.
"an entertaining read"
Good story line, accurate details especially the ambulance/paramedic scenes. keeps you guessing. Great narration....caroline lee is one of my favourite narrators to listen to!
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