I do most of my reading on the metro and on the buses, which I regularly take. When I am at home I am usually distracted by the Internet and other things. This book had me reading at home, it was very gripping.
A paedophile is housed on a sink estate, a spiteful social worker lets the cat out of the bag and when 10 year old Amy goes missing, all hell breaks lose. Angry alienated teens turn over cars to barricade the street and attempt to make Molotov Cocktails. A teenage mum leads a protest to get the perverts out, but the protest is soon taken over by unruly elements high on drink and drugs. A young doctor, Sophie Morrison, is trapped in the home of the paedophile at the centre of a terrifying siege. Brilliantly plotted, fast piece of crime fiction, unusually for a crime novel this doesn’t revolve around a dead body, although there will be casualties. There is a sub plot about the whereabouts of the missing girl but most of the action is focused on the deteriorating situation in Acid Row. There are some interesting characters, the caring doctor, the recently released ex-con, who becomes something of a hero, the ghastly father of the sex offender, the pregnant teenage mum, whose protest goes out of control, the WPC completely out of her depth and many others. It had me hooked, Minette Walters is a writer, like Ruth Rendell, whom I can count on to give me a gripping read.
My rating : 5 out of 5