Alice Teale Is Missing follows the disappearance a of 17yr old girl, which adds layers and layers of depth the standard missing person case. Especially when the police begin to receive pages of Alice’s journal…
‘The old Alice Teale is dead’
The case is set in Northumbria and DC Beth Winter & DS Lucas Black are the police officers assigned to the case. We become aware that there is some gossip of controversy in DS Black’s pas career and that he is rumoured to have killed on the job. I liked the inclusion of these new police officers and I sincerely hope the author goes on to make this a series. I love the location of Northumbria and know that with its blend of coastal walks and urban city life, there is a wealth of scenes to create a crime drama around.
The disappearance of Alice Teale is a slow burn in the beginning, the crime appears to be motive-less and the family for all intents and purposes come across relatively ‘normal’. However, as with any teen once the team start to investigate the malicious gossip that surround Alice, her love life and adolescent desire… We learn things aren’t so motive-less after all. This is a story of teens coming of age in thoroughly modern times. The complex love lives and the vulnerability of impressionable teenage girls. But that just leaves the biggest question of all…. Where is Alice Teale? 4*