Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for In Plain Sight by Marion Todd. Happy publication day Marion!
In Plain Sight by Marion Todd
Release Date: 20th of February
Format: Kindle Format
Print Length: 311 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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A child’s life is at stake. Which of the residents of St Andrews is hiding something – and why?
When a baby girl is snatched from the crowd of spectators at a fun run, the local police have a major investigation on their hands. DI Clare Mackay and her team are in a race against the clock when they learn that the child has a potentially fatal medical condition.
As Clare investigates she realises this victim wasn’t selected at random. Someone knows who took the baby girl, and why. But will they reveal their secrets before it’s too late?
To those of you who regularly read my reviews, it will come as no surprise to hear that I have been anxiously awaiting In Plain Sight, which is the second book in the DI Clare Mackay series. You may also recall that the first book in the series, See Them Run, received a review from me that was exceptionally positive and that the bar had been set high for the follow up in the series.
So all of this hype means that I could have only set myself up for disappointment right? Wrong! In Plain Sight is an enthralling read, which held me in suspense as Marion put me in the passenger seat and transported me back to the town of St Andrews to witness Clare solve her latest case.
What a ride! Marion has crafted a chilling plot that would be any parents worst nightmare. You divert your gaze for just a moment and in a split second your whole world is ripped apart. This story sees Clare pulled into one of the worst types of cases, the kidnap of an innocent baby. Where does she even begin? But as Clare delves deeper into what happened to Abi, she quickly discovers a world of lies and deception. Certainly not as innocent as the baby she is racing against the clock trying to save!
Given the circumstances of the story, it sounds odd to say it but it was really great to catch up with Clare again. Her character is so vividly created that it almost feels like you are catching up with an old friend. The characters of Abi’s parents Lisa and Kevin have been beautifully crafted and will have you guessing about their motives and just how naive someone could be? Chris’ character continues to compliment Clare very well, their banter and the way they bounce off each other really helps to round out the story.
Once again Marion drew me into the story and had me invested in its plot and characters, this she does expertly, through flawless and engaging writing. Slowly building the tension throughout, Marion takes her time in setting things up and has you second-guessing everyone along the way until the big reveal. Her thorough research for plotlines shows in the way that she nails (as far as I can tell) the police procedural aspect of the story so realistically. So much so that, I found myself wondering, not for the first time, if Marion had actually been a member of the police force at one point. Maybe she was in a past life…
In Plain Sight can be read as a stand-alone, but I don’t recommend you start with this one, as you would be doing yourself an injustice by not reading See Them Run. So how does In Plain Sight stack up against See Them Run (which was in my top books for 2019)? Honestly, folks, it is hard to pick the winner out of these two in this race! They are two truly great reads. I am thrilled to say I am calling it now that In Plain Sight will definitely be following suit as one of my top books in 2020!
I am so ready for book three now Marion and I will be impatiently waiting for this! It was an absolute please to read and review In Plain Sight which I cannot recommend highly enough.
Thank you to NetGalley, Canelo and Marion Todd for allowing me to read an advanced copy of In Plain Sight which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
- This review will be added to NetGalley, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Mix, Amazon Australia, Amazon US, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Marion
Marion grew up in the City of Dundee, now home to the magnificent V&A Museum. Always a keen writer, she has had point-of-view pieces published in the Dundee Courier and short stories in My Weekly magazine. She won first prize in the Family Circle Magazine Short Story for Children Competition in 1987.
More recently, Marion has turned her hand to crime fiction and was one of only six commercial fiction writers selected to pitch to an industry panel at XPONorth in Inverness in 2017. In 2018 Marion was long-listed for the Sunstory Award and the Scottish Arts Council Short Story Award. This year she was short-listed for Dundee Rep’s Stripped programme. She is represented by Northbank Talent Management.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Marion worked as a lecturer, candle-maker and hotel lounge pianist, a job which provided rich material for her novels. When she isn’t writing, Marion can be found tussling with her jungle-like garden and walking in the beautiful Scotish countryside.
Marion lives in North East Fife overlooking the River Tay and is a sometime babysitter for her daughter’s unruly but lovable dog.
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