Charlie Boxer messed up his family life. First the army, then the police, then high-stakes kidnap and recovery, his ex-wife and daughter learnt to live without him as his work took him places no man can come back from unscarred. Trying to rebuild a relationship with Amy, his teenage daughter, hasn't been easy. But Charlie only realises just how wrong things have gone when he finds her empty room and a note: You will never find me.
Having spent years working to track down kidnap victims, Charlie knows that sometimes, the missing don't want to be found. And he knows the hell it brings for families - the vanished are neither dead or alive, but simply gone. Worse still, Charlie Boxer knows how quickly a life can fall apart once you're living under the radar. For Charlie, danger has finally come to his front door and to crack the hardest case he's ever worked, it's time to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the father.
Read by Steven Pacey.
©2014 Robert Wilson (P)2014 Isis Publishing
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"Unusual storyline, cheesy ending"
Only if they were really stuck for something to read. I found myself quite absorbed in the book at some points, but quite bored by it at others.
The fact that the main character gets "killed off" at the very beginning. The character "Mercy" really annoyed me, she was not real enough.
Amy's father seemed the most plausible and easiest to relate to.
I don't think the subject matter (racist drug dealer) or the violence would get through the censor's panel, so no, I don't think it would be made into a film.
The plot was interesting, the construction of the story was reasonable, but the cheesy ending spoiled it for me - ditch the last chapter.
"WOW!!!! Couldn't put it down! "
What a page turner!!! I organised myself so that I could listen to the end all in one go - it was so exciting.
Can't wait to read another book by the author! - read by The Master: Steven Pacey, of course!
"Even better than the first book in the series"
Because of the mixed reviews, I thought I was taking a bit of a chance on this 2nd Boxer tale. All I can say is that it was a chance well taken, because I think this is even better than the original story. It is hard to highlight specific aspects without giving away the plot - but the way in which Amy leaves home will be absolutely chilling for any parent (particularly anyone dealing with a headstrong teenager). The two storylines are cleverly interwoven through Mercy who needs to work to survive her personal crisis - and there is a massive twist in the tale that I certainly hadn't seen coming. Core family characters are building nicely and peripheral ones - important to this plot - are well drawn and incredibly well presented by Steven Pacey. My only qualms are - do ruthless gangsters really know when violence goes too far - and whilst I adored the end chapter (as I am a great whooz) was it right ending. Buy and enjoy, I am now going to explore what else the author has done.
Both the Story and the Narration are superb.
A great combination. Can't wait to start the last book by Robert Wilson narrated by Steven Pacey.
"Preferred the narrator to the story"
I only continued to listen to this because of the narrator Steven Pacey. I personally found the storyline implausible, the daughter totally unlikeable, the mother a neurotic pain and Charlie Boxer? too good to be true. Pity as Robert Wilson is a good author and his books are highly enjoyable. This just wasn't one of them.
"Exciting thriller verging on implausible"
This is an exciting thriller set in London and Madrid and the second outing for kidnap consultant Charles Boxer and his ex-wife, police officer Mercy. The plotting is intricate and multilayered but in parts somewhat implausible.
I have read a number of Robert Wilson's books and really enjoyed them. This is good , but it doesn't have quite the impact of the Javier Falcón series, in my opinion. Still, Robert Wilson and not quite his best is still produces an engrossing, well crafted and exciting gripping read.
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