Review published on June 9, 2018.
We’ve all popped into a service station for a coffee on a long trip so this book starts in a familiar location but with a thankfully rare situation. A man, stood in the women’s toilets, searching and muttering, approached by security to explain himself, crying and stating ‘I can’t find my wife’.
There’s no reason for Leah to go missing, but she is. The police get involved and start to take us through the procedures of a missing person enquiry, which is well researched and give the reader a good understanding and explanation about what it involves. Chris, the husband, is questioned extensively and by about a third of the way in, you still feel like you know little about what’s happened, which keeps you turning the pages until the plot becomes darker and pieces start coming together to deliver the mysteries conclusion.
Part set in Norfolk, part in Wales, and part in a service station between the two, this book is the author’s first crime novel after writing other genres, which shows great promise, I will definitely be seeking out the next book when it’s published, featuring the same Sergeant Mel Daley who we are introduced to here, whom I will be interested in seeing develop as it feels like there is a lot more to explore with her character. The book is told from the perspective of the police and most of the story hinges on the husband, what he says and doesn’t say and how we judge him and their relationship to inevitably finding out eventually what Leah’s fate became.
This is a great book for accessibility and I personally really enjoyed it, especially the second half. It’s a fairly quick read the story pays off at the end, and the factual information is well-judged and educates without getting in the way of the story.
Helen Corton 4/3
Losing Leah by Sue Welfare
Mirror Books 9781907324888 pbk Mar 2018