AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Devil's Way by Robert Bryndza
Publisher: Raven Street
SynopsisKate Marshall’s investigation into a young boy’s disappearance sends her down an unexpectedly twisted path in a riveting thriller by multi-million bestselling author, Robert Bryndza.
When Private Investigator Kate Marshall is rushed to hospital after being pulled into a riptide current in the sea, the near-death experience leaves her shaken. During her recovery, she befriends Jean, an elderly lady on the same ward. Jean tells the harrowing story of how her three-year-old grandson, Charlie, went missing eleven years ago during a camping trip on Dartmoor.
By the time Kate is well enough to go home, she's agreed to take on the case, but when Kate and her trusty sidekick Tristan start to look at the events of that fateful night, they discover that Jean has a dark past that could have put Charlie in jeopardy.
Was Charlie abducted? Or did he fall into Devil's Way? A rushing river that vanishes into a gorge close to where they were camping.
When Kate and Tristan discover that a social worker who flagged concerns about Jean and her daughter was found brutally murdered shortly after Charlie vanished, it makes them question everything they thought they knew about the family...
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While this is the 4th book in the series I didn't feel lost jumping into this series. Kate Marshall gets pulled by a riptide and winds up in hospital where she meets Jean. Jean is drawn to her when she finds out that Kate is a private detective. She asks Kate to find her grandson who went missing 11 years ago.
This was a well plotted story with lots of twist and turns, I was drawn in by the narration and the story. Addiction, child welfare, mental illness and grief all take part in this book. Both Kate and Jean are both recovered alcoholics, Kate lost her son due to her drinking and he was raised by Kate's mother. She still feels grief about all she missed in his growing up but now has a good relationship with him. While Jean doesn't lose a child due to her addiction she does lose her grandson. Kate knows that the unknowing of what happened is causing Jean great amounts of distress and pain.
While searching for answers Jean stumbles across the murder of a child welfare worker who Jean felt took a special interest in her grandson before he went missing.
I was fascinated by how these two cases would come together and it wasn't what I expected. I love the atmosphere of the book and how bits of information are parsed out throughout the book. Excellent mystery and with great narration.
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