🎉🎉🎉 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO M. A. HUNTER 🎉🎉🎉 Ransomed is out today!!! This is the first in the Missing Children Case Files series.
My thanks go to One More Chapter for my advanced copy of Ransomed which I received through Netgalley but I also preordered myself an e-copy from Amazon.
Some secrets are too big to bury…
Investigative journalist Emma Hunter never thought she’d be a bestselling author. Especially not for a blistering exposé of the brutal horrors committed at an orphanage.
Some secrets breed in the dark…
All she wants is to return home to the anchoring salt air and solitude of Weymouth where questions still fester unanswered and a twenty-year-old secret binds her to the beach.
And some of them always escape…
But then she finds herself sucked into the chaos of another cold case and soon realises the search for the missing girl will not only unearth the rot ravaging the safety of children across the south of England, but could even solve the mystery that has tortured her since she was seven years old…
Ransomed marks the beginning of a nerve-shredding new crime series of feral reckonings and found family in the face of harrowing inhumanity, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Ann Cleeves, and J M Dalgliesh.
What Did I Think?
Well what a way to kick a brand new sparkly series. Hot of the back of a bestselling expose of historic child abuse, Emma Hunter definitely makes an entrance as the go to person to solve the unsolvable! And she’s got to find a child who disappeared into thin air!
I loved the different perspective to the investigation, Emma’s nose for a story even when she’s reluctant is brilliant. Her investigative instinct is akin to that of a police officer and she’s got a cute one by her side in the form of Jack Serrovitz assisting her in this lukewarm cold case. The rapport between this two could be interesting as the series develops…
The supporting cast of the bereft family are an unusual one with the patriarch who can pull a string or few to get what he wants, his broken hearted daughter and broken son in law. It goes to show that money can buy you a lot of stuff but it can’t buy happiness…. but can money help you find a missing child?!
I seriously enjoyed my first encounter with Emma Hunter and I’m so looking forward to getting to know her better. The story was pacey with a climax that I really didn’t see coming. Hunter had started his new series with a bang and I for one have got the next three on preorder already!!
Who Is M.A. Hunter?
M. A. Hunter has been a huge fan of crime fiction series since a young age and always fancied the idea of trying to write one. That dream became a reality when One More Chapter signed The Missing Children Case Files.
Born in Darlington in the north-east of England, Hunter grew up in West London, and moved to Southampton to study law at university. It’s here that Hunter fell in love and has been married for fifteen years. They are now raising their two children on the border of The New Forest where they enjoy going for walks amongst the wildlife. They regularly holiday across England, but have a particular affinity for the south coast, which formed the setting for the series, spanning from Devon to Brighton, and with a particular focus on Weymouth, one of their favourite towns.
When not writing, Hunter can be found binge-watching favourite shows or buried in the latest story from Angela Marsons, Simon Kernick, or Ann Cleeves.