One rainy morning, just after Nick drops off his young son Gabriel outside the crowded school gates, he has a minor collision with another car. The driver won't surrender his insurance details, so Nick photographs the licence plate. When he gets home, he enlarges the shot on his phone and spots something odd about the picture - Gabriel in the back seat, being driven away by a stranger. Nick needs to know what happened to his boy, but losing Gabriel turns out to be far less terrible than the shock of finding him. Now, to discover the truth, he must relive the nightmare all over again...
Be warned, this is not another missing child story: what happened to Nick and his son is far more shocking.
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Little Boy Found is the latest book by author Christopher Fowler under a new pen name LK Fox. Having not read any of his Bryant and May novels I had nothing to compare his writing to so I went into reading this story with fresh eyes and have to admit I found it a bit too disjointed. That's not to say it's a bad book as it isn't, it just took me quite some time to get into it and if I hadn't agreed to review for the blog tour I would potentially have given up on it quite early on.
The story is told from the viewpoints of two central characters in alternating chapters, Nick, who is still struggling to come to terms with the abduction of his son Gabriel, and Ella, a troubled young woman. At first it it didn't seem like there was any obvious connection between the two of them so it felt like there were two separate storylines at play but eventually the clues started to appear that tied them together and it all started to make sense.
This was a slightly different take on a 'missing child' story in so much as we the reader know right from the start what the outcome is, but it's only through the chapters that unfurled that we get to know the answers as to the how and why it came about in the first place.
I have to admit that I think one of the reasons this book didn't really gel with me is that I didn't really connect with either of the main characters but I can't really go into detail as to why without giving spoilers. But that being said I am glad that I did continue reading Little Boy Found until its conclusion to get the answers although personally I thought the epilogue was a step too far and could have been left out. I'll leave you to read for yourself to see whether or not you agree with me...
I'd like to thank Alainna at Quercus for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and for my proof copy of the book.