Friday, 10 June 2016

The Other Child by Charlotte Link

When the body of a young female student is discovered in Scarborough, DI Valery Almond is at a loss for suspects. Another body turns up which looks like a copy-cat crime, while Almond and her team struggle to find any connection between the two victims.

Of course there is much more here than meets the eye until hints of a dark secret emerge, with connections to the wartime evacuation of children to the area. The story flips back to the experiences of young Fiona Swales, billeted at a Yorkshire farm, where she makes friends with Chad and Brian, the young child that latches onto Fiona. Modern day Fiona is still in touch with Chad with whom she corresponds by email but when her granddaughter Leslie appears, recovering from a marriage break-up, disturbing facts begin to emerge.

Charlotte Link has created an atmospheric psychological thriller that slowly reveals the motives that drive its characters. While the police investigation is a part of the plot, The Other Child is more about a core group of ordinary people and their connections to the past. It's a real page turner that will keep you guessing until the last. Link is a hugely popular crime writer in her home country of Germany, and you would never guess that this novel isn't written by an English author.

Posted by Flaxmere Library Book Chat

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