The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 9 – Part 2

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My second choice for today is a book which is set in the Highlands of Scotland and is book two in the series. Thankfully this is one I have caught up with as I am absolutely loving it. I tore through this book in next to no time, and am loving getting to know the central character who is complex, straight as they come and with a very high moral code, but someone I took to straight away. Featuring the picturesque city of Inverness and it’s surrounds, my second day nine #bookvent choice is:

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What Lies Buried by Margaret Kirk

A missing child. A seventy-year-old murder. And a killer who’s still on the loose.

Ten year-old Erin is missing; taken in broad daylight during a friend’s birthday party. With no witnesses and no leads, DI Lukas Mahler races against time to find her. But is it already too late for Erin – and will her abductor stop at one stolen child?

And the discovery of human remains on a construction site near Inverness confronts Mahler’s team with a cold case from the 1940s. Was Aeneas Grant’s murder linked to a nearby POW camp, or is there an even darker story to be uncovered?

With his team stretched to the limit, Mahler’s hunt for Erin’s abductor takes him from Inverness to the Lake District. And decades-old family secrets link both cases in a shocking final twist.

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This book is as compelling as it is harrowing, as tense as it is full of humour. With two brilliant lead characters in DI Lukas Mahler and DS Iain ‘Fergie’ Ferguson, I find myself drawn into a world which is dark, atmospheric and utterly absorbing. The story is divided between the possible abduction of a young girl and a cold case from some seventy years earlier. Whether there is a connection between the two you will need to read to find out, but it certainly stretches Mahler and his team to the limits in trying to solve them both. With some scenes told from the young girl’s point of view, the story does become quite emotionally challenging, but the Margaret Kirk has played it brilliantly in putting the reader at the heart of the story and playing with our feelings, but never taking the action too far towards the dark. I felt a variety of emotions whilst reading the book, but I was always glued to the page, wanting to ride the highs and lows with the characters. I loved getting to know more about Mahler, and the camaraderie and contrast between him and Fergie makes them a brilliant team to spend time with. This is a series which is going from strength to strength and I can’t wait to see what is to come next.

If you’d like to read my full review, which is far more eloquent than I’ve managed today, you can find it here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

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