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Bring Them Home

(Detective Karen Hart #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  13,213 ratings  ·  394 reviews

A perfect village. A perfect crime.

When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert—and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.

DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eight

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping UK Police Thriller!

This was a wonderful and suspenseful read for me. The book is so enticing and well-written that I didn't want to stop reading and felt sad when the story ended.

The story begins with two ten year old girls (Emily and Sian), who have sneakily left school early to meet a friend in the woods. This friend was going to let Emily ride some ponies that she visited frequently and wished she could learn how to ride them.
Several minutes after leaving school, the girls seem to v
Louise Wilson
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DS Karen Hart #1

Two young girls disappear from their primary school in the village of Heighington, the village is put on high alert - and it's not for the first time.

Detective Karen Hart is called in to investigate the disappearance of two young schoolgirls. This is the second case of girls going missing within an eighteen month time period, except Amy Fisher was a young woman who still has not been found. Karen Hart also has to confront her own loss as she pulls out all stops to prevent what ha
Linda Strong

I truly enjoy getting in on the ground floor when it comes to finding a new crime fiction series. Both the series and the author are new to me, but I'm sure I'll be following both.

DS Karen Hart is a character with character. She comes with flaws and issues, but always tries to do what's right. She's lost her husband and daughter in an auto accident and returns to work to find a new supervisor, DI Scott Logan. They are as different as apples and oranges. She trusts her gut feeling and he's a stic
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I do so love storylines involving kidnappings. There's always this delightful race against the clock to find the victims alive. Tick, tock.

The story starts out exciting enough. Two ten year old girls go missing from school. From the beginning, it's clear this will be one frustrating investigation. There are no witnesses, no clues and detectives don't know where to start looking for Emily and her friend Sian. But DS Hart has a suspect in sight early on. Is she distracted by a previously unsolved
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of both D.S. Butler and Dani Oakley. This book however is a bit of a disappointment. It's rather slow and the background doesn't always seem realistic to me. And there were some unnecessary side tracks. Even the end seemed merely something like all is well that ends well. ...more
Dana-Adriana B.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Detective Karen Hart is investigating the missing of 2 girls. Is there a link between this cases and the unsolved disappearance of 19 year old 18 months ago? Great story for the first book of DS Karen Heart series.
Thank you Netgalley for providing this copy in advance. I will follow the story, no doubt.
Deb Jones
Nothing gripped me about this story, from the central plot to the characters to the storytelling.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Detective Karen Hart series by author D.S Butler. I entered this series with book 4 'House of Lies' and enjoyed it so much I just had to read the previous books. This is an excellent police procedural series that for me is a cut above the average because of the excellent group of regular characters. Each character adds something to the novel and gives you something extra to just a good crime plot.

Detective Karen Hart is called on to investigate the disappearance of
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a disappointment to me. I'm such a fan of British mysteries set in rural areas. This one, about a female detective sergeant with an obsession for 3 missing persons - one young woman from an old case and two girls who've just gone missing - should have clicked on every level for me. It didn't.

From the beginning, the dialogue seemed stilted and formal, the narrative seemed to feature at least one cliche per paragraph, and the main character was problematic on many levels. I didn't mi
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Two young girls go missing and now we have an all out search.
DS Karen Hart is still trying to come to terms with the loss of her husband and daughter.
Also she has unfinished business with another case of a nineteen year old girl who went missing eighteen months ago and has never been found.
This is the first in the Karen Hart series and I am looking forward to reading the next.
It had me thoroughly engrossed and was up until 1.30am to finish it.
This book is full of t
Bring Them Home is the first book in a new series by D.S. Butler. It's a straight up police procedural, not a thriller or suspense, just a good crime novel. I've read a few books further along in the series and enjoyed them more than this first one so I think as DS Karen Hart is more fleshed out the series get better. If you like police procedurals then you will enjoy Bring Them Home. ...more
Elaine Tomasso
I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Bring Them Home the first novel to feature DS Karen Hart of the Licolnshire police.

When two young girls disappear from their primary school the police mount a massive hunt. DS Karen Hart is heavily involved and can't help but draw parallels with the unsolved disappearance of 19 year old Amy Fisher 18 months previously, a case she still hopes to solve.

I enjoyed Bring Them Home which is a straightforward hunt for missing gi
Samantha Curtis
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not read a crime book for a while so this was a lovely change

I had fun reading this book. Was a lovely smooth read

Would recommend
Xavier Hugonet
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bring Them Home, by D.S. Butler, is the first book in a new series featuring DS Karen Hart.

There is something I like about a lot of British police procedurals. Unlike many of their American counterparts, they feature fairly normal protagonists, often low on the ladder, with qualities and faults. They’re not superheroes nor one man armies. This book is no exception.

Two young girls disappear after skipping the last minutes of their afternoon class. DI Scott Morgan, newly arrived in Heighington,
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it

I guess I had higher expectations, I found this a little dry. It's the first book in a series, so that doesn't mean it won't improve, but the characters need a little more personality. This is a fairly short book, but considering two young girls were kidnapped, it didn't seem as frantic as it could.

Karen Hart's backstory is pretty tragic, but it's only touched on a few times, and it didn't factor in as much as I expected. She also behaves pretty stupidly for a trained police officer: j
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Karen Hart is a great character. She is just the right amount of feisty. Her instincts serve her well. I would have liked to have more back story. I felt that I had entered a series in the middle instead of book one. I will be looking forward to the next book.
Kat Dietrich
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Bring Them Home by D.S. Butler is the 1st in the Detective Karen Hart series.

My Synopsis:
5 years ago, DS Karen Hart lost her husband Josh and her daughter Tilly in a car accident. She struggles to move on, living in the same large house, afraid to move lest her memories of them weaken. She pours her energy into her work.

Hart, who relies heavily on her instincts and hunches, has a new boss, DI Scott Morgan, who takes a very logical approach to the job (and his life), leaving little room
helen hooper
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fairly good story

This booked started very well, but then all started to fall apart in chapter 10! Dc Sophie is portrayed as if she's a 6 year old child being asked if she'd like to go for an ice cream, not a grown adult and a mid ranking officer in the police force ! At one point she's asked to sit in on an interview, but told she must keep quiet. "Of course " she says making a zipping motion across her mouth!!Come on, REALLY! Also, whilst talking to DI Karen Hart she mentioned the suspects MO,
Donna Hines
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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The stakes to find two missing young girls that vanished from their school are paramount.
As DS Hart proceeds to seek answers she must confront her own past and her inability to solve a case nearly 18 months earlier involving another missing young lady.
Now it's crunch time.
The truth must be evident.
While there is no shortage of suspects the case is running out of time.
The girls need to be brought home and they need to be brought home NOW!
Time is not on their sides.
Will DS Hart be able to open and
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A run of the mill police procedural- fairly interesting but not outstanding.
Alice 🌙
3/5 ⭐️
I liked the characters and I didn’t see the end coming, so overall it was a good book.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a difficult one to review for me, probably more 2.5 stars than 3 unfortunately.

I liked the ideas in the book and the plot worked well. Much as I like a thriller with lots of twists and turns, I do also enjoy a more straightforward mystery. I like to read books where the detectives use good police work and logic, rather than astonishing leaps of faith or guesswork, and that's what we have here. The drawback to that was that I found some of the statements made by characters to explain what
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book, with all the elements of mystery concerning the two missing young girls. The case gets cold, all leads are dead ends. Karen has a hunch about one family who own a large old farm, but it leads nowhere. As the story unfolds, and also involves another missing girl, who has not been found after 18 months , it takes some real twists and turns no spoilers its a great little read DS Karen Hart # 1 areal five Star Read
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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The beginning of this story really had my attention, but it kind of fell short after that. There were too many instances of behavior within the police department that just seemed out of place. There really wasn't much in the way of character development. The focus seemed to be on the interaction between those investigating and DS Karen Hart's obsession with a previous missing girl. I think the concept for this story could have been so much better. All in all, it wasn't a bad story but not one I ...more
Ian Mcnamara
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The start of another promising series with another great woman detective. Really like hart as she is a very strong character who was determined to bring the two missing girls home, i hope in other books we will learn more about what makes her tick.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first novel I had read by DS Butler. I found it to be a good detective story. I will read another by this author
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great new series...great writting!
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's clear from the start that this is a really well thought out who done it. Coupled with a creepy family who live on a farm and police officer's trying to climb up the ranks.

I really enjoyed this and couldn't put it down, it does lose 1 star because not all loose ends are tied up.

I would not say I'm a big fan of DS Hart, but I do enjoy the investigation and the conclusion. DS Hart is a pawn in the bigger story and was not remotely interesting.

Harbouring her own problems meant it was hard to f
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When two young girls disappear from their primary school the police mount a massive hunt. DS Karen Hart is heavily involved and can't help but draw parallels with the unsolved disappearance of 19 year old Amy Fisher 18 months previously, a case she still hopes to solve.

This book was pretty straightforward and a quick read. I did enjoy how it ended but given that I read so many of these books, I knew who did it about a third of the way through. I think most readers will be surprised at the twist
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad, have read better. I felt the plot was rather weak, but this is the first book with Detective Karen Hart hopefully they get better.
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Author of the DS Mackinnon series. Ex-biochemist turned crime-writer. Huge Queen fan. Loves to read crime fiction by Mark Billingham and Peter James.

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