*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Transworld Books – Random House UK and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: HOW CAN YOU SOLVE A CRIME IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER THE CLUES?
There is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing.
His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom to support the investigation. But no one can work out if there is a connection between the bomb and the disappearance.
When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, they hope he holds the answers to their questions. But he can’t remember a single thing.
Without any clues, will Dr Bloom find herself lost in this puzzle too?
I really enjoyed Leona Deakin’s first Dr Bloom book, Gone, so jumped on the chance to read this next book in the series.
It was great to see the main characters all return – Augusta, Jameson and Seraphine – and new faces Karene and Harry were an excellent addition to the personality mix. Questions of psychopathy and sociopathy are still relevant here, as they were in book one, but the focus is more on memory this time. What happens when someone loses years of their life to amnesia? Worse… what if they were the victim of a baffling crime and their memories hold the explanation for what happened and where the danger lies?
Unfortunately, I found Augusta Bloom’s behaviour and motivations a lot harder to understand and sympathise with than in the last book. I couldn’t fathom why she would behave the way she does with Jameson and Seraphine respectively, knowing what she already does of each of them.
I had a similar problem with suspending my disbelief when it came to the main plot this time. The big reveal just seemed too far-fetched – I couldn’t imagine why anyone would think this was a reasonable solution to their initial problem. I could, however, think of a number of other more sensible and practical courses of action that could have been taken instead. I was unable to imagine a single circumstance under which any official body or authority would go along with the events described in the book!
My disbelief at such important aspects of plot and characterisation hampered my enjoyment of what was otherwise a well-written and gripping thriller. I still really enjoyed the mixture of psychological investigation and action thriller, and still want to know how the long-game between Augusta and Seraphine will play out. I just hope that the next book in the series returns to the dark psychological mysteries of book 1.
‘What’s so important?’ asked Harry. He checked the man’s rank and frowned. The epaulettes decorating his shoulders were upside down. That was a rookie mistake. Or perhaps he’d dressed in a hurry.– Leona Deakin, Lost
‘This will only take a minute, Sir.’
Harry peered through the window and back out to the lawn. He could see Karene on the concourse looking for him in the crowd. A man on stilts stomped past the window. Karene glanced up and her eyes met Harry’s. He raised his hand to wave and she smiled.
And then the room exploded.