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Publisher's Summary

The one case he couldn't crack was the one that finally broke him.

Haunted by his inability to track down and save his missing wife, DCI Robert Kett leaves the Metropolitan Police behind and moves to Norwich with his three young children, hoping to heal their broken family. 

But his newfound peace doesn’t last. 

Two newspaper delivery girls have gone missing in the city, and the clues point to a serial kidnapper. Kett is dragged into the centre of one of the darkest cases of his career - a case that pits him head-to-head against a horrifying evil. And a case that might uncover the terrible truth of what happened to his wife.

Praise for the book:

"Terrifying and unputdownable, the first crime novel from million-selling author Alex Smith is officially 'a gripping debut'." (J.D. Kirk, author of DCI Logan crime thrillers)

About the author: Alex Smith wrote his first book when he was six. It wasn’t particularly good, but it did have some supernatural monsters in it. His latest book Paper Girls, the first DCI Robert Kett thriller, has monsters in it, too, although these monsters are very human, and all the more terrifying for it. 

In between these two books, he has published 12 other novels for children and teenagers under his full name Alexander Gordon Smith, including the number one best-selling Escape from Furnace series, which is loved by millions of fans worldwide and which is soon to become a motion picture. He lives in Norwich with his wife and three young daughters.

©2019 Alex Smith (P)2020 Alex Smith

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Great story, well narrated, very much looking forward to listening to the next in the series

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Great yarn !!!

Yes I did enjoy that a very good story. Alex Smith is a terrific writer and Tim Bruce a perfect narrator. Unfortunately this is the only story audible till 2022.
So I won’t know what happened to billy for many a long time. I might be dead.

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More Please

A thoroughly entertaining listen! Very different from the usual but a great premise and I can’t wait for more stories with these characters. If you don’t like this book, you’re a “fart head” 😉

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Surprisingly different, in the best way...

The beginning of a promising series, with deftly-drawn characters (yes the children can be annoying, but they’re like that!) Great plot, good narrator, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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Solid first novel in the series

First up having a DCI who is a single father with three young kids is certainly different to any other crime novels I’ve written. Knowing that there isn’t even going to be any new “romance” is this single Dads life (because his wife is missing ) is also a new twist.
Also his kids were annoying - but that might be the idea lol.
The story held my attention for most (but not quite all) of the time and the reveal was satisfactory.
The narration was well done.
I’m hoping for some development of some of the other characters in the next book because for me, the officers the MC works with are just as important.

Well worth a listen (read) and I feel that this author will continue to improve his craft as he goes.

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  • 4Christ
  • 06-02-2020

Enjoyed

Really likable Detective. Kids got on my nerves but, I still enjoyed the story. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Dorothy Darby
  • 15-03-2020

Best book ever

Excellent reading suspense can’t wait for next one Cry Baby .I hope this becomes a series

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  • Daphne
  • 19-04-2020

Great story

I enjoyed this very much! Great mystery and comedy was very enjoyable. Will try to listen to as many books by this author as possible! Keep up the great work!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-2020

Kept me hooked

This book was fantastic to listen to. It was fast paced, funny, poignant and I couldn’t put it down.
The narrator distinguished the characters really well.
Disappointed it’s finished now.

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 26-07-2020

Brilliant

Superb and an original Detective story, a really great listen-
Next book please!! Also leaves you feeling on a high!

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  • NutShell
  • 07-07-2020

Absolutely brilliant!

I loved this. A gripping crime thriller that also genuinely made me laugh out loud. Such a refreshing combination and the plot and character development did not suffer at all for it. Highly recommended!

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  • SandraL
  • 05-05-2020

Great start to a series

This is a very promising start to a new series. DCI Kett has moved to Norfolk from London with his 3 young daughters. He is talented detective specialising in missing children and also a single father. At first we don't know what has happened to his wife but as the story progresses we do find out some of the details.

The storyline is interesting and well written and held my attention throughout. There are traces of humour throughout usually involving Kett's three younf daughters who often have to accompany him to crime scenes (a bit far fetched, but hey this is fiction!)

I especially liked the characters of DCI Kett and PC Savage, though the whole team was very well written.

I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Fee
  • 06-04-2020

Enjoyable!

Promising start to a new series. Interesting dynamic created by the inclusion of the main character’s children. Looking forward to the next book. Narrator is very good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-05-2020

An absolutely brilliant page turner

I can't wait for his next book in the series. Get writing please Alex Smith . The audiobook and narration was excellent and spot on for the characters.

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  • Marion G.
  • 07-05-2021

Narrator sounded so bored

This could have been a good story but the narration was so slow and deliberate that I found myself drifting instead of listening. Narrators can make or break a novel and for me, this was utterly ruined. Perhaps this author needs to find a Robin Lang or Daniel Weyman for future forays with DCI Kett! Hope that other readers will not be so disappointed.

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  • Angela Collins
  • 26-04-2021

Good listen

I really enjoyed this audible book. Will look out for more of this Author Alex Smith

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  • Oops 66
  • 02-04-2021

Great first book

Looking forward to the next book in the series in Audible the narrator was excellent too.

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  • mrs k p archibald
  • 04-03-2021

Chucked a lot!

I listened to the book on audible and it was so well read. I loved all the characters especially the kids. The plot was intriguing and fast paced. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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