Finding Suzy by David Videcette @DavidVidecette @findingsuzy #bookreview

Happy Monday everyone! Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on David Videcette’s true crime investigation Finding Suzy.

Massive thanks to the author for my e-copy of Finding Suzy.

The Blurb

How can someone just disappear?

Step inside a real-life, missing person investigation in this compelling, true crime must-read.

Uncover what happened to missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, as David Videcette takes you on a quest to unpick her mysterious disappearance and scrutinise the shadowy ‘Mr Kipper’.

One overcast Monday in July 1986, 25-year-old estate agent Suzy Lamplugh vanished whilst showing a smart London property to a mysterious ‘Mr Kipper’.

Despite the baffling case dominating the news and one of the largest missing persons cases ever mounted, police failed to find a shred of evidence establishing what had happened to her.

Sixteen years later, following a second investigation and under pressure from Suzy’s desperate parents, police named convicted rapist and murderer John Cannan as their prime suspect. However, the Crown Prosecution Service refused to charge him, citing a lack of evidence.

Despite several high-profile searches, Suzy’s body was never found. The trail that might lead investigators to her, long since lost.

Haunted by another missing person case, investigator and former Scotland Yard detective, David Videcette, has spent five years painstakingly reinvestigating Suzy’s cold case disappearance.

Through a series of incredible new witness interviews and fresh groundbreaking analysis, he uncovers piece by piece what happened to Suzy and why the case was never solved.

People don’t just disappear…

What Did I Think?

I don’t normally do true crime books as much as I used to. As a teenager I was obsessed with true crime, books of murderous couples, femme fatales and forensic scientists. I’ve come to prefer the escape to the imaginary criminal world irrespective of how influenced or inspired authors are by the real world. However, having read (and loved) Videcette’s series featuring DI Jake Flannagan (swoon), I was keen to read his non-fiction offering.

I’ll admit, I didn’t know anything about the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh before I read this book. I was only 6 when she went missing and surprisingly enough I wasn’t as news-aware as I am now. In a way this is a good thing, I came to this book without any preconceptions of what I’d read in the press at the time of the initial or subsequent reinvestigations.

What I read over the course of two evenings was a seriously compelling book. Videcette’s training as a police officer shown through his personal investigation, his knowledge of procedure and the status quo at the time of Suzy’s disappearance. His tenacity for the truth, despite the disappearance being so long ago, pushed the investigation along. The way Videcette narrated his journey over the five years was natural, I felt I was there shadowing him as he followed every lead he could.

Videcette’s writing really kidnapped me, I was invested in his findings. Would he find that key lead that was so desperately needed to find this missing woman? This thought kept me hooked on this case that covered such a long period of time with so little evidence in the past investigations. I’d highly recommend this to any true crime fan – actually I’d recommend it to anyone who loves any sort of crime book and anyone who relishes a damn good read!

Who Is David Videcette?

As an investigator, David Videcette has worked on a wealth of famous cases. He’s chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses. With decades of experience working in counter-terror operations and combatting organised crime, David investigated the 7/7 London bombings as a Scotland Yard detective. Today he uses his policing expertise to investigate cold cases in his true crime series: Investigations by David Videcette. He is also the author of the Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan thriller series. David lives in London. When he is not writing, he consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is a key media commentator on crime and policing for broadcasters and newspapers, both nationally and internationally. Find out more at: www.DavidVidecette.com