The newspapers called it The Bad Place. A remote farm out on the Thames estuary, where six children were held captive for two weeks. Five of them got out alive.
That was twenty years ago. Now adults, they meet up annually to hold a candlelit vigil for their friend who died. The only rule is that no-one can talk about what happened the night they escaped. But at this year’s event, one of them witnesses a kidnapping. A young girl, Sammi, is bundled into a van in front of their eyes.
Is history repeating itself? Is one of them responsible? Or is someone sending them a twisted message?
DI Sasha Dawson, of Essex Police, is certain that the key to finding Sammi lies in finding out the truth about The Bad Place. But she also knows that with every second she spends trying to unlock the past, the clock ticks down for the missing girl…
I thoroughly enjoyed The Bad Place, it was perfectly paced, an addictive crime thriller with some engaging, often divisive characters and one of those past/present storylines that I’m particularly fond of.
There’s a cleverly obfuscated group dynamic that keeps things unpredictable and main protagonist Sasha Dawson is one of those detectives you really relate to, juggling family and job through challenging times. The mystery element is intriguing and there’s a healthy dose of realism to the whole thing backed up by great writing.
Yes. Very good. I will definitely look forward to more Sasha Dawson adventures.