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Finders Keepers (Exmoor Trilogy #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  562 ratings  ·  98 reviews
At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor. Children are being stolen from cars. Each disappearance is marked only by a terse note - a brutal accusation. There are no explanations, no ransom demands... and no hope.

Policeman Jonas Holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he's to stand any chance of catching him. But - still re
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Hardcover, 393 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Bantam Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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A.J. Waines It does work as a standalone, but certain parts will leave you a bit mystified. Plus, I think the other two are better and you need to read them in…moreIt does work as a standalone, but certain parts will leave you a bit mystified. Plus, I think the other two are better and you need to read them in order, because Finders Keepers gives away some crucial information about Darkside (Blacklands is first). Rubbernecker (4th) is a stand alone and brilliant - the best, I'd say.(less)

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Paul
Can we really believe in the crime and the criminal here? I don't want to spoilerate this review, but the plot is a fairly big Ask, here. Disbelief has to be suspended from big rusty meathooks (hint hint) dangling from the fleshroom of an abbatoir (nudge).

British crime writers have a major problem that Americans don't – a relative lack of horrendousity. In the past decades American horrors have been plentiful but British crims tend to play it low-key. So I was thinking – can a guy get to be as
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S. J. Bolton
"This fresh, brilliant scenery brought with it little pricks of guilt, like pins left in a new shirt.'

Children on Exmoor are disappearing from parked vehicles and, 'as if by slick, sick magic' being replaced by a note on the steering wheel. "You don't love him." The town of Shipcott is ill equipped to cope. Not two years previously, a brutal killer killed a number of the residents and was never caught. Now, as the summer burns on, Shipcott starts to feel like a town cursed.

Of all the new crime
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Janette Fleming
"No one in their right mind would choose to go on holiday to Exmoor after reading Belinda Bauer. Six children were buried on the moor in her award-winning debut novel, Blacklands. Eight vulnerable victims met their ends in its follow-up, Darkside. But the curse isn't over yet for the residents of Shipcott, the Somerset village where the author sets her thrillers: now their children are being stolen, taken from cars and replaced with a note: "You don't love her", or him, or them."

From one of my n
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Bauer does it again , sheer genius. Firstly let me say that if you read her books or plan to, whilst not advertised as a trilogy, it would be best to read her first book Blacklands and then Darkside first, Bauer incorporates characters in this book from the previous two and if you read this one first it would have spoilers for the others.

This book started slower than her others I have read but super glad I hung on because from the halfway mark I could not put it down. Bauer has the knack of inco
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Luni
While it said this was a freestanding novel, the amounts of flasbacks to previous novels made it tiresome and I wished I'd started with them.
Speaking of tiresome, the personalities on the two main cops were as flat as the moor they work on. Most of the female characters served merely as background and a base for the guys' development.

After finishing I mainly feel frustrated, I want to learn more of the truth by reading the other books but the endings are already spoiled.
I read it in swedish an
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Jennie Johansson
Thoroughly enjoyed it but realised very quickly that it was the 3rd book and should have read the others first! Will go back to the start...
Gemma
I haven't read the previous books by Belinda Bauer, and at times I felt I should have to understand some references to previous books. It was however perfectly fine as a standalone, but after reading Finders Keepers I don't feel a sense of urgency to read the other 2 books Bauer has written.

The story begins when a teenager is terrifyingly snatched from her father's car, with only a post it note left behind on the steering wheel. 'You don't love her.'

However young Jess Took is the first of many c
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Mark
I enjoyed this book as simply an entertaining and well constructed story. It had me hooked and l took every opportunity to pick it up and continue my involvement. I like the range of characters the author has created and the Exmoor setting adds real atmosphere. This story further builds characters introduced in the author's prior books and I suspect that without having read those beforehand, it may have been harder to work out some of the motivations and history the characters brought into this ...more
Teresa
“Finders Keepers” is Belinda Bauer’s third novel and, like its predecessors, it is set in the tiny, picturesque village of Shipcott on Exmoor. It is the height of Summer and tourists usually swarm to this scenic location but children are going missing, stolen from cars and the local police force are out of their depth.

This is a gripping read, not for the faint-hearted, with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I really enjoyed Belinda Bauer’s debut novel, Blacklands, and she has
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Gary
The 3rd book in this series by Belinda Bauer. What an excellent series full of really strong characters that come to life through the outstanding narrative. I hope there is more to come from these characters as I have enjoyed these 3 books so much. I plan to read more of her work.
Helen
This completed the trilogy set on Exmoor featuring Steven Lamb, Jonas Holly and others. It's nice when familiar names crop up again in novels and you can piece together the appearance and dynamics of a small village.

This book starts off with a young girl being taken from a lorry with just a note left behind saying 'you don't love her'. Over a couple of weeks, 5 more children are snatched from parked cars and the local police, with no contact, clues or ransom notes, struggle to progress with the
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Rachael Hewison
I read this novel as a standalone book and found that although it was easy to follow, I would definitely have benefitted from reading the first two as I felt that Bauer kept referring back to previous incidents for which I did not know the history. The fact that it was part of a trilogy should have been indicated by the publishers as I would have preferred to have read the previous two first.

I found it quite slow to start with and I wasn’t gripped until a third of the way through. It did become
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Catherine Ryan Howard
It's impossible to say much about Bauer's books because doing so would give something away, but suffice to say that this is another solid thriller from one of my new favourite crime writers. Be warned: Bauer doesn't shy away from disturbing or sickening her readers, and I wouldn't read this unless I had read DARKSIDE, her previous release, first. (Because DARKSIDE is one of my favourite crime novels ever, and some details in FINDERS KEEPERS give its game away.)
Gayle
I don't know if it's because it took me longer to read this one that I felt it wasn't quite to the same standard as the other two novels I have read by Belinda Bauer. It was enjoyable although again a difficult subject (the kidnapping of children on Exmoor).
Bev Taylor
a missing child - no explanations - no ransom demands - no hope

h/e it does not stop at one and at each scene where the child is abducted a note is left u don't love him/her/them

policeman jonas holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper. but he is only just back on duty after the murder of his wife and his own stabbing and the d.i. in charge does not like entrusting him to the job

excellent portrayal of people and their relationships. but i was left unsatisfied by th
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Jo Bennie
Dec 02, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: b
Children are going missing from Exmoor, snatched from where they are left alone in vehicles with a single post it note: 'you don't love him'. Jonas Holly is returning to duty as a police officer after murder of his wife and his own near death at the hands of an unknown killer. Detective Inspector Reynolds and his DS Elizabeth Rice try to solve the puzzle against as they return to the bloody location and memories of Bauer's previous book Darkside.

There are two things I loved about this book. Baue
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Stacey
“Always they wept with joy.

I found you. I found you. He repeated it without moving his lips - a song sung by his heart that made his flesh tremble with happiness.

Always it ended the same way. Lucy sobbing in his ear: 'You shouldn't have come looking for me, Jonas.'

And he would realize for the first time that her body was cold when it should be warm, and - even as that horror struck him - he would feel her turn into a slab of dead meat in his arms.

He would wake, still groping for her, his pillow
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Kay
I enjoyed Bauer's previous thrillers - so much so that I forked out for the hardback instead of waiting for it to come into paperback. Unfortunately, I was left feeling a bit cheated - the subsidiary characters in this book were poorly developed stereotypes, I am sorry to say, and whilst the premise of children left in cars being kidnapped was interesting, I felt it had descended into farce by about half way through the book.

I had worked out what was going on after about the first third, and whi
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Richard
Apr 02, 2013 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The third in a series of books about the folk of Shipcott living on the edge of Exmoor. Each works well as a stand alone novel but wonderfully unite in a clever trilogy of books focusing on the lives of Steven Lamb and PC Jonas Holly. Belinda Bauer should be rightly proud of this series of work that gently picks at and then feverishly unravels the very fabric of society as seen in the lives of this gentle village community.
Here is a story of child abduction with a unique twist that reflects the
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Kirsty
This is the third book by belinda Bauer, but I have only read the first and third in the series. Although there are cross over characters and mentions of the plot in the second book, there is enough back story explained here that it can be read as a stand alone novel.

I have to say that I did find the first third of the book to be quite slow, as I found that many characters were being introduced but little else was happening. The book does pick up pace and starts to weave the tense atmosphere th
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Ursula
I guess I've only got myself to blame for not doing my research before I started reading 'Finders Keepers'. I was completely unaware that this is the third book in a series of thrillers set in Shipcott, a small Exmoor village that has a high appeal to psychopathic killers. While the histories of Jonas Holly, the village policeman who is grieving for his wife, and of the Lamb family, whose members have a knack for being in the right place at the right time to be abducted, are somewhat touched on, ...more
Barbara
FINDERS KEEPERS
Belinda Bauer
This is the third of a series set in a small town on the edge of Exmoor in southwest England. The protagonists are Jonas Holly, a small town policeman, and Steven, a seventeen year old with tons of baggage. As with most mystery series, it is best to read this series in order to better understand the actions of the characters.
Someone is stealing children. Has this small town been invaded by a serial pediphile? Nothing makes sense. There is no pattern to the disappearan
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Beth
Finders Keepers is Belinda Bauer's third book, and the third with recurring characters, which is a feature I absolutely love. Not a straight character-led series, Belinda Bauer revolves her stories around one village on Exmoor, Shipcott, and several of the residents. Her writing is fast-paced but suspense-building, and the characters are wonderfully detailed and built up.

This particular book starts with the disappearance of a child, with a note left in her place stating "You don't love her". I'l
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Steve
Bauer’s third book featuring the villages surrounding Exmoor. Another very good and enjoyable psychological whodunit. Children are disappearing from various spots around the countryside and notes are being left that say “You Don’t Love Her” or Him or Them, as the case may be. Bauer weaves her way through this story, offering different perspectives on the characters as the story goes along. So some, such as D.I. Reynolds from the Serious Crime Squad, who initially appears rather pompous and overl ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Belinda Bauers first book, "Blacklands" was a fantastic piece of work, and she has carried on the main characters from that book into the second and third books, as well as adding new ones. She has gone more mainstream since then, but still writes a good story. In a continuation from "Darkside", Jonas Holly, the local policeman in the village of Shipcott, is still on leave after the death of his wife and is now ready to return to work, when a series of child kidnappings hit the locality. Steven ...more
Jo-Anne
Finders Keepers is a suspense about children being taken from parked cars and notes are left in their place. These abductions take place in the small village of Exmoor.

There are no explanations, no ransom demands and no hope of getting the children back safely. Policeman Jonas Holly feels he must catch the person taking the children since it is happening in his village. But he is still reeling from the loss of his wife and may not be ready for this task.

I didn't connect with the characters in
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Jane
Oh dear.

I liked Belinda Bauer’s first two books, but this is not good.

Part of that is down to me and my particular tastes in crime fiction – but not all.

Let me explain.

It starts promisingly: children are disappearing from cars and notes are left in their stead.

“You don’t love her.”

“You don’t love him.”

“You don’t love them.”


The drama, the mystery, the evocation of the countryside and the rural community was working very well.

And I was pleased to see the return of Detectives Reynolds and Rice.

I co
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Kim Kimselius
Ni älskar dem inte av Belinda Bauer är hennes tredje bok. Det är en otäckt spännande skildring av hur barn blir kidnappade ur bilar. Samtidigt som bilfönster slås sönder i bilarna runt omkring. I alla bilar där barn har kidnappats sitter en gul lapp med texten "Ni älskar dem inte!"

Barn efter barn i olika åldrar rövas bort, till slut rövas även en vuxen person bort när han försöker rädda ett barn undan kidnapparen. Alla tror att barnen är döda och väntar bara på att liken ska dyka upp, samtidigt
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Cleo Bannister
I read Blacklands and really enjoyed both the premise and the execution of the book. When Darkside came out I was slightly disappointed as I found it too far-fetched and gruesome for my taste. Finders Keepers continues the story of Steven Lamb, the boy who wrote letters to the man who had murdered his long dead uncle, and Jonas Holly the damaged policeman. I don't know that I would have enjoyed this book as much if I hadn't read the first two.

This book has children disappearing from parked cars
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Ann-Marie
Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with me, since I don´t like what I ought to like. Belinda Bauer has from the start been highly recommended, and according to my taste in criminal novels, I should have liked them, but I don´t.

I´ve been trying to figure out why. I don´t like her police characters and it´s essential for me to at least have one character to connect to - in some way. I like her children and teenager characters better. Even if the setting is in the wonderful and mystic Blacklands, sh
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Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and her script THE LOCKER ROOM earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters, an award that was presented to her by Sidney Poitier. She was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for "Mysterious Ways," about a girl stranded on a desert island with 30,000 Bib ...more
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