Bring Them Home
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thank you Netgalley for providing this copy in advance. I will follow the story, no doubt.
Detective Karen Hart is called on to investigate the disappearance of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
Bring Them Home by D.S. Butler is the 1st in the Detective Karen Hart series.
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more