Keep You Near
How far would you go to find your missing sister?
A normal day in the park turns into a nerve shredding nightmare for eleven-year-old Marnie Hammond when she find herself in a desperate chase to stop the 'bad man,' from abducting Abby.
Fifteen years later, Marnie is a Detective Sergeant but the memory of her missing sister still haunts...more
I always enjoy a crime series more where there is a backstory to the lead character that actually rivals my interest in the crime p ...more
Marnie has understandably never gotten over her sister being abducted. When a new case comes up that could finally solve the mystery of her sister, it starts to get a bit much for Marnie. To be fair she does hold it together quite well but Marnie is in total turmoil inside herself.
I have to say Marnie and a young lad called Luke were the stand out characters in this novel for me. I l ...more
Robin has done it again with a tale that will keep you hooked
Excellent book great characters. Covering a serial killer, topics of abuse, characters that aren't very nice makes for a really good book that digs deep.
Really interesting fast paced book
The story starts off with one hell of a prologue where the author describes one chilling scene that was it for me I was hooked. We follow a story where we meet DS Marnie Hammond. She hasn't had it easy with her sister being abducted when she was eleven years old. Having memories that still haunt her. With a killer that is stalking the streets of Kirkhead and human bones are disco ...more
When Marnie was eleven years old, she was unable to stop a bad man from kidnapping her sister. Now fifteen years later, Marnie is a Detective Sergeant and her current case hits a bit too close to home as skeletal remains are discovered in w ...more
With this book, author Robin Roughley has started a new thrilling serial killer series and introduced his new heroine, DS Marnie Hammond. In this first book, Jenny Bell, an eight-year-old girl is abducted on her way home f ...more
held my interest,
will continue on to
next book soon.
D. S. Marnie was likable.
Thought it was cool that
Listened with TTS.
Clean except for
Lasser, to me, is one of the more human characters. After 13 books, we know him well. We know all his traits, good and bad, and we love him.
It must be very difficult to create a new character but Mr Roughley has managed it. Marnie is also a police officer but very different from Lass ...more
Police Sergeant Marnie Hammond, recognises a young man who is looking ill, dirty and desperate. She originally arrested him and knew that he had been sentenced to a Young Offenders Unit. Eventually, she persuades him to go home with her so that she can wash his clothes and he can have a bath. She inadvertently sees him out of the bath. His body is covered with bruises, most of them old.
She goes to find out what, if anything, ...more
My enjoyment was slightly marred by the punctuation style throughout the book. The author’s use of commas where I’d have used full stops was jarring, but I persevered because I wanted to discover who was killing so many ...more
I loved this book, Marnie & Luke. It is the usual excellent writing skills we expect from Robin but is definitely nothing like the Lasser series. I have never read anything so dark & violent before. I always visualise the story in my head when I am reading. This I saw in complete black & white, no colour at all. Mostly black with the exception of Marnie's flat which was white. No humour, no large team (the only members there are, play a very small role) & cer ...more
It's not terrifically well presented, either. This sentence was in dire need of another comma, "Marnie kept hold, boy in one hand c ...more
The writing needs work. I understand a mystery/thriller calls for a certain amount of secrecy. The author can't reveal too much too soon. There were so many characters, and I felt they lacked depth. If you want me to stay interested, I need to care about these characters. Additionally, there were so many threads to be woven together i ...more
Book 1 of 2 in the DS Marnie series, it introduces Marnie Hammond. When she was only 11, her younger sister was snatched & never found. Years later, Marnie is a DS in the police force & young girls bodies start to be discovered in the local area.
Marnie is torn between wanting to find the killer & wanting to find her sister.
This book is hard hitting, gritty & at times, downright scary - I was literally breathless at times wi ...more
Marie Hammond is a woman with tragedy in her past which makes the case of the missing girl almost personal. Time marches on with no sign of the missing girl and so the pain of other families loses must once again be brought up in the hope that a link can be established and the dark monster who stalks the night preying on little girls will be stopped before it's too late.
It seems that there is nothing to link them together and all avenues lead to another frustra ...more
It's gripping from the very beginning and continues all the way through the book, some parts, I could almost feel my hear jump into my mouth, it's dark well written and a sit on the edge of your seat book, I hoped against hope that things would 's end well, the empathy I felt for some of the characters was painful. It's just felt life had been so harsh I wanted them to be kind. DS Marnie is a brilliant character and with her own demons. To deal with. I am going to enjoy this serie ...more
This was a freebie and a little too gruesome for my taste, and some foul language. BUT, my taste is not the author's fault. The suspense was top notch. The author throws enough red herrings in the story that made me suspect the wrong person/s. If you like graphic suspense, you'll love this. I would not recommend this to those who are squeamish. There was so problems with commas where they didn't need to be and no commas where they should be. I probably won't read another book by ...more
A good plot with a strong character in Marnie and the continuing puzzle of her sister's disappearance years ago. I found in places the thoughts of the killer were over-explained, but without giving the reader any insight into his personality. I would have liked to get more of a feel for the old house, and some things didn't sit well - like the clock that was always ticking even with his problems; I feel sure he would have forgotten to wind it!
A complex tale of crimes from the ‘there and then’ interrupting those from the ‘here and now.’ The book engaged me and kept my attention. However, I found it overly long and think it could have been more gripping had it have been shorter.
Without doubt, I will read more by this author
I liked the characters especially Luke n Marnie, however felt the story was drawn out until the final chapters.
With the bad characters disposed off it will be interesting to see what new evil lurks for Marnie
Also if her relationship with Luke will continue as it was beginning to be protective sister/brother I thought
I will read more n maybe 5 stars for next book
DS Marnie Hammond is on a case, little girls have gone missing. Marie is part of the investigation. Only to have memories of her little sister being snatched by an unknown man, who she chased and never caught up to him, before he disappeared with her sister. A can't put down read, with an EPIC ending!!
He is the author of eight crime/thriller novels featuring DS Lasser. The novels are set between the run down streets of a northern town and the beautiful yet desolate west Pennine moors.
If you love your crime fictio ...more