The little girl stirred and opened her eyes. A light from the landing played a shadow across her toy cupboard. It was then she realised… There was someone else in the room.
Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper has gone missing from her bedroom on a safe, suburban street.
Her mother says her ex-husband has stolen their daughter. Lola’s father denies it was him.
Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see a thing. But someone must know where the little girl is. Who is lying? And who is telling the truth?
Detective Rachel Prince knows the longer a child is unaccounted for, the less likely they are to be found alive.
The clock is ticking. It’s up to Rachel to find Lola Jade, before it’s too late. And then another little girl is taken…
The Lying Kind by Alison James is an exciting start to a new series featuring Detective Rachel Prince. Rachel works for the National Crime Agency and is tasked with assisting Surrey Police, who are investigating the disappearance of six-year-old Lola Jade Harper, who has vanished from her bedroom. Her mother, Michelle is distraught at the loss of her daughter and desperately wants her back. For Surrey Police, the case has already gone cold, but Rachel is determined to find out what happened to the little girl. But is she already too late?
This is a very twisty book by debut author, Alison James. Lola Jade’s mother, Michelle is convinced that her ex-partner, Gavin, Lola’s dad, took her daughter and this strand of the investigation takes detectives across the seas to Spain and Portugal. What doesn’t help Gavin’s case is that he has disappeared, and this prompts the detectives investigating the case to become suspicious of him, and they have good reason to be. I found this aspect of the plot exciting; it does bear similarities to a recent case involving a missing child which has been high profile in the news recently. The international angle of this book for me, made it feel fresh.
Rachel Prince was an intriguing character to explore. I loved the relationship which she has with her colleague DS Brickall and I think that they make a very good team, even though I was shaking my head at some of the decisions he was making. Throughout the book there is a mysterious element to Rachel’s past which we are not one hundred per cent sure about, but it has something to do with her former partner, I am hoping that more about her will be revealed in future books as I certainly want to find out more about her.
This is a series that I’m sure I will be returning to when the second book is out. I wanted to find out what had happened to Lola Jade and see if my suspicions about the case were correct. This book takes a fresh look at a missing child case as we are coming to the investigation several months down the line, rather than when the child first disappears. This is a great start to a new series. I’m looking forward to reading more from Alison James. Thank you to Bookouture and to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book to read.
Publication date: 5th February 2018
Print length: 310 pages