Today is my stop on the books on tour for Gone in Seconds by Ed James. This was released on the 12th of June published by Bookouture.
Gone in Seconds by Ed James
Release Date: 12th of June 2020
Print Length: 376 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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A baby missing. A family in pieces. A shocking secret that can’t be told.
Landon and Jennifer Bartlett have everything—money, influence and a picture-perfect family. But it means nothing when their lives are torn apart the day someone breaks into their plush mansion and takes their newborn child right from his cot.
FBI Agent Max Carter investigates child abduction cases. He has a reputation for working all hours to find every missing child on his watch—after all, he was once one himself. When he visits the Bartletts’ sprawling home in an exclusive estate in the suburbs of Seattle, he’s immediately suspicious of Landon Bartlett and his brother Sam.
As Carter delves deeper into the lives of the brothers, he finds a web of dubious business deals and lies that could cost the Bartlett’s their entire family fortune. And it’s clear they will do anything to keep their secrets—but would they withhold vital information that could lead him to baby Ky’s kidnapper?
As Carter begins a cat-and-mouse game with the kidnapper, he receives some startling news from home, which stops him in his tracks. And when a young woman is spotted boarding a bus out of town with a baby fitting Ky’s description, he must decide whether to risk everything to find the missing child or save his own family.
Fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Robert Dugoni will love this heart-pumping, pulse-racing crime thriller from bestselling author Ed James.
When I was made aware of this book, I was instantly drawn to its cover and blurb. A police procedural with its lead character, a Special Agent from the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, I was ready for this story to pull on the heartstrings.
Ed transports the reader back to Seattle Washington where you are reunited with Special Agent Max Carter for his next assignment, when wealthy couple Landon and Jennifer Bartlett’s six-week-old son Ky, is kidnapped right under the babysitter’s nose. As with the majority of these cases, they are never cut and dry and it’s not long before Max uncovers more than a few skeletons in the Bartlett’s closet which becomes more than he bargained for.
There are a number of characters in the mix that all have different motives, to throw you off the scent and the story is told from not only Max’s point of view, but from three of the other characters, which I enjoyed. Far from perfect and not without his own personal demons, I really liked Max’s character and he makes for a good strong lead to carry the weight of the series along on his shoulders.
Although you can read Gone In Seconds as a stand-alone, there is a storyline from the first in the series, Tell Me Lies, that is carried over into this second instalment. I haven’t read this first book, but Ed gives the reader enough background information so there is no disadvantage here and it is very easy to pick it up and follow along.
Gone in Seconds is a slow burn to start with, but does gain momentum along the way to a thrilling second half, as secrets and lies are exposed. There are also some thrilling twists and turns along the way to keep you on your toes and ones that you don’t see coming, which does make for an enjoyable and exciting read. It was a pleasure to read and review Gone in Seconds which I recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Ed James for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Gone In Seconds which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes and Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to
add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Ed
Ed James is the author of multiple series of crime novels.
The bestselling DI Simon Fenchurch series is set in East London and published by Thomas & Mercer.
The self-published Scott Cullen series of Scottish police procedurals features a young Edinburgh Detective Constable investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. The first book, “Ghost in the Machine”, has been downloaded over 400,000 times, hitting both the Amazon UK & US top five.
The Craig Hunter books is a sister series to the Cullen novels, with a PTSD-suffering ex-squaddie now working as a cop investigating sexual abuse cases. With lots of slapstick and banter.
Ed lives in East Lothian, Scotland and writes full-time, but used to work in IT project management, where he filled his weekly commute to London by literally writing on planes, trains and automobiles.
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