REVIEW: Child Taken, Darren Young

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

How could such a thing happen? But it did happen. I wasn't one of the others, observing. It happened to me. One hot summer's day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won't give up hope that her daughter is still alive. How can she? Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what's been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.

I have to say that Child Taken was a massive disappointment (as most crime thrillers are these days, let's be honest). Having originally been drawn in by the book’s snappy synopsis, I just feel as though the contents inside didn’t live up to even my lowest expectations. Honestly, there really isn’t any coherence between the scenes and it just felt more like a sequence of vaguely connected ones than any sort of narrative. And it’s not disjointed in a really cool, subversive narrative style either, but instead in a way that really conveys little ability to create flow. I mean, the writing is bad. Really, really bad. Like, me if I decided to write a book bad. And therefore, even if the concept was cool, there was no way I was ever going to be able to appreciate it because of the litany of errors.
Ugh, strong pass on this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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