NetGalley Review: Nowhere to be Found – Louisa de Lange

My rating: 4/5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lucy Barker has disappeared, and her distraught husband Scott says he has no idea where she is.

But rumours abound about this seemingly perfect couple. Why is Scott behaving so strangely? And why was Lucy lying to him about where she went every Tuesday night?

Then, while investigating the recent murder of man found floating in a lake, DS Kate Munro learns that it was Lucy Barker who discovered the body and called the police.

Now she must find out if the two crimes are connected. Before Lucy’s time runs out . . .

My thoughts

Although this is the second DS Kate Munro novel by Louisa de Lange, it is the first novel that I have read. I am unsure as to whether they were written to be stand-alone novels, however this novel worked really well as a stand-alone and I did not feel that I was missing anything by not reading the first novel.

I was gripped from the start of this novel. There was such a strong start with the dead body and then the missing person’s case that it made this novel very hard to put down. The pace of this novel remained fairly high and even when there were no new leads in the case, I was never bored.

There are gradual reveals throughout this novel and yet as parts are solved there was still so much in the novel that I still didn’t know. I liked this because it meant that there was still room for me to be shocked by the ending. It definitely wasn’t the ending I thought it would be.

I loved Kate Munro as the lead detective from the beginning. She was such a relatable character and I enjoyed that you saw her life outside of just her job. All of the characters within the novel that were supposed to be likeable were portrayed well, and as a reader I did really like them. I enjoyed the inclusion of relationships between the characters and I think it added depth to the novel that is sometimes forgotten in crime thrillers. The relationships between the characters also helped with the pace of the novel as I was always rooting for them.

I would definitely recommend this novel to those that love detective mystery thrillers. It almost reminded me of the Peter James Roy Grace series and I can’t wait to read more of Kate Munro. A great novel with amazing pace and some brilliant twists.

Do you have a suggestion for the next book to add to my bookshelf? Let me know in comments.  

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