Her Missing Child (Detective Jessie Blake #2) by Kerry Watts

Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published September 26th 2019 by Bookouture
About the Book:
She lays her baby in his cot – the sound of his quiet breath filling the nursery as she leaves the room. Soon Claire will be fast asleep herself. She won’t hear the back door opening or the footsteps on the stairs. When Claire Lucas is woken by her husband asking where their baby son is, she is dazed and confused. When she follows Darren into their child’s bedroom, she hears nothing but silence. No baby cries, no cute gurgles. The only thing left in Finlay’s cot is his beloved teddy bear. Finlay has gone. Detective Jessie Blake rushes to the family’s modern home in the rugged Scottish Highlands. She notices that Darren avoids eye contact, and Claire seems disconnected – unable to account for the last few hours of her afternoon. Jessie knows there’s no normal response to losing a child, but something doesn’t feel right. Friends rally round the young family, as a search of the narrow lanes and green hills of Moncrieffe begins in earnest. And as helpers battle the wild Scottish weather, Jessie is sure that someone in the search party must know more than they’re letting on. Someone must have seen something. As a ghost from her own past comes back to haunt her, Jessie must put aside her own personal tragedy to save baby Finlay. Can she get the people of the small town to talk before it’s too late?

Although the second book in the series, Her Missing child reads well as a stand alone. I have not read the first book but enjoyed this one so much I fully intend to. Both the writing and the story were easy to connect with. From the prologue on, I couldn't put Her Missing Child down. I liked that there was a diverse cast of characters that were well developed.

Kerry Watts is a wonderful writer with great skill at turning a phrase. She has a unique way of looking at details most of us never notice. I will be looking for more from this talent. I read this in one sitting because I was so caught up in the plot and the details. When I read, I need someone to root for and Her Missing Child didn't disappoint. This was a satisfying story and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Thank you NetGalley, Kerry Watts and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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