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Last Seen

(Detective Bernadette Noel #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  67 reviews
I can see her, shouting with laughter as she swings as high as she can, her beautiful blonde curls flying out behind her. I can feel her tiny hot hand in mine, and my heart aches. My little girl. If only I’d listened to my gut. Then maybe she’d be safe here with me…

When five-year-old Molly Reynolds is snatched from the park in the small village of Otterfield, Detective Ber
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Published March 26th 2021 by Bookouture
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Jacob Collins
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Last Seen is the debut novel by Joy Kluver, and it’s a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for a while now. It is the start of what I hope will be a long-running series featuring Detective Bernadette Noel.

Detective Bernadette Noel has recently been appointed to a town in Wiltshire under something of a cloud. She was previously working with the Metropolitan Police, so what was the reason behind her move to Wiltshire? Not long after she is reassigned, she is thrown into a high profile invest
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
358 pages

3 stars

This is a pretty fair book. It has moments of a bright future for the author, but at the same time, it was disappointing. There is much going on in this book.

DI Bernadette “Bernie” Noel is new to the small town in south England. She is escaping her situation in London that left her with bad memories. When a desperate call comes in for a five-year old missing little girl, Bernie is spurred into immediate action. She and her team comb the village park using dogs, police officers a
Andrea Pole
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Last Seen by Joy Kluver is the promising first installment of a series focused on Detective Bernadette Noel. I love getting onboard with a new series from the very start, and this one certainly intrigued me enough that I will make an early commitment to continuing with it.

Detective Bernie Noel has arrived in a rural village in the hope of laying low following her involvement in a high profile prosecution. But shortly after her arrival, a young girl is reported missing, and Bernie knows that her
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Joy Kluver for the eARC, in exchange for an honest review.

Last Seen is a fabulous debut novel from Joy Kluver.
The characters are strong, well-rounded and believable.
It has a gripping, steady-paced plot, with some nail-biting moments.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully we’ll get to know more about DI Bernadette Noel in a sequel?!

I’d definitely recommend, and look forward to the next instalment (hopefully!)

I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Joy Kluver's compelling debut crime thriller LAST SEEN.

A mother's back is turned. A child goes missing. The first 24 hours are the most crucial and with each passing hour, the chances of finding her alive continue to shrink. Door to door enquiries are undertaken but police are finding the community reluctant to help to the point of refusal. Why?

DI Bernadette "Bernie" Noel came to Wiltshire from the Met to escape. With her move came
Kirsty Noah-whitlock

Review for 'Last Seen' by Joy Kluver.

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous

Publication date 26th March 2021.

This is the first book I have read by this author. It is her debut novel and also the first book in the 'Detective Bernadette Noel' series.

I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching and beautiful cover and its intriguing synopsis. The synopsis stated that if you are a fan of Angela Marsons among others you will lo
Mary Picken
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Last Seen is Joy Kluver’s debut novel and on the strength of this book I am really looking forward to reading more of this series.

Detective Bernadette Noel was on a fast track programme with the Metropolitan Police when a case she was working on forced her to leave London. Now she is in rural Wiltshire and keeping a low profile so as not to attract attention. She’s achieved her promotion to Detective Inspector and suddenly finds herself in charge of a case that is as awful as it is puzzling. A 5
Karen Cole
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Joy Kluver's excellent book reviews on her blog and as we often seem to have similar taste in books, I've been eagerly anticipating her own debut. Last Seen is the first in the Detective Bernadette Noel series and is intriguing both in terms of the mystery and as an introduction to characters I am looking forward to following in the future.
Bernadette - Bernie - is keen to prove herself, having spent two years in the accelerated programme to become a Detective Inspector
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Note - I received this digital arc for free as a courtesy of Net Galley and Bookouture publishers in return for an honest feedback.

Rating - 4/5

Last Seen by Joy Kluver is the first book in the Detective Bernadette Noel Series. The catch line in the book cover of ' A little girl is missing. So why is no one looking for her?' was what made me pick this psychological detective thriller up despite the decision to take a short sabbatical from reading detective thrillers for a while. And I m totally g
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Last Seen introduces readers to newly appointed Detective Inspector Bernadette (Bernie) Noel who has just transferred to Wiltshire Police from The Met. The idea was to keep a low profile, her first major case makes sure that she is anything but, plunging her straight into the investigation into the suspected abduction of a young girl, Molly. There is no clear motive and no obvious ransom demand, leading to real concerns that there are far more sinister reasons behind the child's disappearance. C ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Last Seen is Kluver's debut novel and what a cracking start it is! It was a joy to meet DI Bernadette (Bernie) Noel - new to the area and newly promoted - as she took on her first case with Wiltshire Police, the desperate search for a missing five-year-old child. This is a very assured debut from an author to watch!

Shy and sensitive Molly Reynolds has been warned about stranger danger by the adults in her life. But that doesn't stop her f
I love embarking on a new series from the very start, and this one certainly intrigued me enough to do just that. DI Bernadette (Bernie) Noel came to Wiltshire from the Metropolitan Police to escape. Following her involvement in a high profile prosecution resulting in her receiving death threats, she is hoping that her move to the West Country will put all that behind her and protect herself and her family. Now it is six months later and Bernie is on her way back from her grandfather's funeral i ...more
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Last Seen by Joy Kluver is her debut novel featuring Detective Bernadette 'Bernie' Noel. Set in Otterfield in Wiltshire She came from the Met to escape. Her relocation came with promotion after a successful conviction in London which ended in her receiving death threats. A move to the West Country was to start afresh and to protect both herself and her family. But despite her rank and her stoic exterior, Bernie is as emotional and fallible as the next person. But she cares. And that, and her ten ...more
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Joy Kluver, Bookouture, and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Every parents worst nightmare and the unthinkable happens in Joy Kluver’s purely intoxicating debut novel Last Seen. Abduction stories are my constant craving to read. Joy’s satisfied that craving with her twisted, intense and heartbreaking read. She is an incredibly gifted writer in the crime genre. Luckily for me this her first book in what I hope is a very successful se
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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In “Last Seen” we meet DI Bernadette (Bernie) Noel and the Wiltshire Major Investigation team which includes DS Kelly Allen, DC Matt Taylor and DS Dougal (Dougie) Anderson. Rounding out the main characters at Wiltshire Police HQ, are DCS Wilson, Sergeant Alan Turner and Media Liaison Jane Clackett. This is a debut novel by Joy Kluver and the start to a new British police procedural series set in the small rural Wiltshire villages of Marchant, Otterfield and Devizes.

The story begins with a missi
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Last Seen, the first novel to feature DI Bernadette Noel of the Wiltshire Police.

5 year old Mollie Reynolds disappears from the swing park in the small village of Otterfield and Bernie and her team are quickly on site to start the hunt. All they find are Molly’s fleece and the sticker she was given that day in school. Bernie is convinced that there are secrets to be uncovered, especially as the villagers are uncooperative, and
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. I have been looking forward to reading this one for a little while.

This book is the first in a new series and is Joy's debut book! Bernadette Noel is a newly promoted DI and has caught
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Last Seen is the debut novel by Joy Kluver and in it we meet DI Bernie Noel and her team. Recently moved to Wiltshire she is returning from her grandfather’s funeral when she is called in to lead the investigation into Molly who has gone missing from a local park. With no witnesses and the residents of the village seemingly unwilling to help she certainly has her work cut out for her. As they chase false leads, they wonder if they will ever find Molly alive and Bernie finds her whole investigati ...more
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Detective Bernadette (Bernie) Noel is a former Met Police officer and, at first, it’s not clear why she has transferred out of London to a Wiltshire town where the pace of life is decidedly slower. Nonetheless, she soon faces a major investigation when a five-year-old girl, Molly, goes missing from a local park.

Keen to get search parties organised, she is quick to start door-to-door enquiries with locals in the area, only to find them unwilling to get involved in the search. Mystified as to why
Joanne Robertson
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Wow! What a fabulous start to this new police procedural series by Joy Kluver! By the time I got to the end of Last Seen I was desperate to read more about DI Bernie Noel and her backstory as well as wanting to see how things will develop with the other characters we met throughout Bernies investigation into the disappearance of a five year old girl.

There’s a chilling start to Last Seen as five year old Molly is abducted by an unknown person from her local park. Bernie and her team have an uphil
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I am delighted to see that this is the first book in a planned series because I thought this book was brilliant.

The author has woven a story that had me hooked from the first few pages, if I hadn't had to go to work it would have easily been a one-sitting read. When a child goes missing from a park you would expect locals to go out of their way to help. Why then does it take longer for them to gradually rouse themselves?

This along with some other clues is the start of a myst
Suesyn Zellmer
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have high hopes for this new book series! I'm always a bit hesitant with an author I haven't heard of but I'm so glad I chose to read this book. A young girl named Molly was kidnapped from a park, and DI Bernadette "Bernie' Noel can't figure out why no one in the small village appears willing to help search for her. It's as if they could care less about the missing girl. The girl's mother, Jessica, isn't surprised, as she's felt the same way since she moved there a few months back - like an ou ...more
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Detective Bernadette Noel is a new DI and new to a small English village after relocating from London. She is leading up a difficult case of a missing child and the higher ups aren’t convinced her leadership skills are up to the task. In addition to the pressure of the case, Bernie has some issues in her personal life that are making it hard to concentrate on the case. Details aren’t given, but I assume it will be expanded on in future books. It looks like there could be some complications in th ...more
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Last Seen is an interesting debut novel which introduces the reader to Bernie and her team. Soon after attending the funeral of her beloved ’Pops’ Bernie has to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, Molly, from a play area. You would expect the local community to help with finding her but there is reluctance from the locals. The reasons why are revealed further into the novel but this is a close knit community and like many they don’t ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Predators are very patient creatures whether they are of the animal or human kind. They choose their prey, lie in wait and when the adult is forced to focus their attention on something else even for a short time, they go for it. Nobody sees them. Nobody hears them. Nobody finds any trails. The result is devastating though…
DI Noel has been promoted recently when she has to put her teeth into this case. She and her team work around the clock in order to find the culprit. Few clues are being found
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
DI Bernie Noel has recently moved to Wiltshire after working with the Mat resulted in death threats. She rushed back from London after her beloved grandfather's funeral when five year old Molly disappears from a park, her mother having been distracted, changing her baby brother. She is very surprised by the reaction of the people in Otterfield- normally locals are keen to help but this does not seem to be the case here. Things become slightly clearer when she finds out that years ago another chi ...more
One of a mother’s worst nightmares is of her child to go missing, and though I would hate to experience it in real life, I was curious and intrigued enough to want to read about it in Last Seen. As I knew I would be, I felt emotional when reading this; sympathy, empathy, remorse, scared, frustrated, angry. Feelings of frustration and anger were most prevalent, I cannot imagine how it must feel to experience the lack of effort from the team who should be looking into the disappearance of my daugh ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

3.5* rounded down. This is the first in a series, although there were distracting references to DI Bernie's past and the fact that she was meant to be keeping a low profile in the West Country, having left London for unknown reasons. Obviously she spends the whole novel appearing at press conferences and being interviewed by the BBC, but survives unscathed.

The plot moved pretty quickly, and the following and dismissing of dead ends
Tove R.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start to a new series. Detective Bernie (Bernadette) has a past haunting her, and part of it is catching up with her. She does not know what to do. At the same time there is a little girl gone missing in a strange little town, and people are not behaving the way you would expect them to behave. No one seems to be willing to help with finding the little girl.

There seems to be only a little to go with, and no real suspects. Once the story starts to unfold things really start to happen, and
Samadhee Ismail
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Molly, a toddler was last seen in the park--she was with her mother and the next minute, she was gone. DI Bernie starts investigating Molly's abduction in this small neighborhood but it seems as if no one in the town wants to help with the investigation and there was another abduction that happened some twenty years ago, the main suspect being Molly's grandfather Derek...

To me, this was a fast paced thriller--with some twists and turns. The writing was great and the author did a good job drawing
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