Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam Press (5 Jan 2012)
“Finders Keepers” is Belinda Bauer’s third novel and, like its predecessors, it is set in the tiny, picturesque village of Shipcott on Exmoor. It is the height of Summer and tourists usually swarm to this scenic location but children are going missing, stolen from cars and the local police force are out of their depth.
This is a gripping read, not for the faint-hearted, with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I really enjoyed Belinda Bauer’s debut novel, Blacklands, and she has a knack for creating atmospheric settings and interesting, believable characters. I was particularly engaged by Jonas Holly, the emotionally damaged policeman who is still reeling from the violent death of his wife. The teenager Stephen Lamb, himself traumatised by past events, doubts Jonas’ innocence – could he be behind the childrens’ disappearance?
“Finders Keepers” can work as a stand-alone novel but the reader might have a more complete picture of Stephen and Jonas by reading the previous novels first. Another impressive, intelligent novel from a very talented writer – I’m looking forward to the next instalment, if Shipcott can stand any more excitement!!