Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Books Read: Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts


When Anna arrives in the UK, she believes it’s the start of a better life for her and her daughter. But what awaits her is more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined . . .


DI Harry Powell is investigating a shooting, but the victim has been scared into silence. As Harry struggles to piece together what little information he has, he stumbles upon an operation that may put countless lives across the country at risk.


As Anna’s situation grows more dangerous by the day, Harry is forced to push his overstretched team to the limits to find answers. But for one of them, will it already be too late?

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I'd like to thank Becky at Simon and Schuster for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and for my review copy of Lost Lives.

You've heard the phrase 'So Many Books So Little Time' well it definitely comes to mind when thinking about books written by Lisa Cutts as despite buying copies of Never Forget, Remember, Remember and Buried Secrets I've never quite managed to find the hours needed to read them so maybe I ought to set myself a mini challenge to do so in the next couple of months!

Lost Lives is a book that will certainly make you think 'there but for the grace of god go I' as it's an honest, hard hitting account of people trafficking and the sex trade showing the desperate measures that people will go to looking for a better quality of life only for things not to turn out quite as they were expecting...

The story is told from the viewpoints of the victim Anna, the controller Alexa and the police detective involved in the case, Harry Powell, which enables us to see everything playing out from all sides.  It's hard to imagine how prevalent and depraved the world of people trafficking is but sadly it's all too common these days and there's always someone out to take advantage of the less fortunate although I almost felt a little sympathetic for Alexa too who didn't have a lot of choice but to do what she does.

Anna was a character that you couldn't help but instantly connect to.  She's a mother who wanted a better life for herself and her family so she set out on a journey, with plans for her young daughter to follow, but she quickly realises that what she was promised and the actual reality were two very different things.  It's hard to even imagine being in that situation and you could really feel her pain, and desperation in the conditions she found herself in, so you were willing her on in her attempt to find a way to survive her ordeal with the hope of finally being reunited with her family one day.

It's clear that the author has used her own personal experience of many years working in the police force which makes the investigations feel all the more authentic. DI Harry Powell and his team were certainly under the pump, being stretched thinly due to budget cuts stretching resources, so when a case that starts out as a seemingly straight-forward drive by shooting soon turns into anything but they find themselves under extreme pressure to solve the case as quickly and efficiently as possible. Having not read any of the previous books in the series I was at a slight disadvantage to getting to know Harry and his colleagues but it was clear they were a great team who respected each other.

Lisa Cutts certainly didn't spare any punches with this gritty police procedural showing the stark reality of what life is like for those that have found themselves in the unfortunate position of living and working in squalid conditions. And some of the descriptions are certainly not for the faint-hearted, the effects of working in damp, cold conditions and the rotting effects it has on the body immediately springs to mind which certainly turned my stomach so god knows how the poor man would have felt.

The short, snappy chapter format of Lost Lives works really well and certainly draws you in as before you know it it is 1AM but you can't stop reading as you want to know how it's all going to turn out for everyone involved.  A gripping read from the first page to the last, I definitely hope there's more to come from Harry and his team in the very near future.

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