The Child Taker, by British author Conrad Jones, is a superb crime thriller and the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay series. It is the story of five-year-old twins who get abducted to order while camping in the Lake District with their family. The desperate hunt is now on to find a dangerous paedophile ring and the missing twins.
Their grandfather is a Major of a top secret Special Forces army unit and brings in his team to find the missing children. His team can do things the police can’t.
While the family is falling apart and the police not looking in the right direction John “Tank” Tankersley is heading the investigation and follows his own rules that are above what the investigating police force can do and soon discovers an international paedophile ring in operation and has days to stop the children being moved abroad to be sold or something more sinister.
Overall, The Child Taker is an excellent novel that I had trouble putting down. Although it deals with an unpleasant subject matter and at times can be very graphic it has been well written and is a superb, intense, fast paced and very exciting thriller that will keep you gripped right up to the final page.
The Child Taker is an imaginative fast paced, exciting thriller, an excellent story that is full of twists and turns and has plenty of action that will keep you turning the page.
There are a few spelling errors within the pages, but while annoying at times, overall it didn’t detract from an excellent story, so I would still rate it 5 out of 5.
I can highly recommend it! Conrad Jones certainly has a knack for storytelling and I hope the next books in the series follow the same intensity.
RRP: £8.99 (Paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle)
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