Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $19.75

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The addictive new crime thriller featuring DCI Matilda Darke. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons.

Some cases won’t die. 

A young boy walks into a police station in France. He claims to be Carl Meagan - a missing child from Sheffield whose name is still whispered as a warning to kids who stay out after dark.

Some children won’t be found.

On her way home from the supermarket, nine-year-old Keeley Armitage vanishes without trace. Her family is overcome with shock, and DCI Matilda Darke can’t help but focus on memories of the Carl Meagan case that almost ruined her career.

Some killers won’t be stopped.

As Matilda investigates, she peels back the layers of grief and sadness that surround Keeley’s family. Until she is left with an unimaginable choice: betray those closest to her or let a violent killer walk free....

©2020 Michael Wood (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"She is the perfect heroine." (Elly Griffiths)

"DCI Matilda Darke is going places." (James Oswald)

What listeners say about Stolen Children

Average Customer Ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JoLa2020
  • JoLa2020
  • 29-03-2021

Stolen Children- DCI Darke book 6

I LOVE this series!! Matilda Darke and her team must find a missing a missing 9-year-old girl.....meanwhile, a boy walks into a police station in France and claims to be Carl Meagan. This is a dark and emotional tale that builds and builds until the final twist. I highly recommend all the books in this series - read in order. I enjoy the small peek into the lives of Matilda's team - further fleshing out the characters, making you feel more connected. Looking forward to the next installment!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Karenique
  • Karenique
  • 02-01-2021

Disturbing subject matter, but I’m hooked

The title says it all. I usually stay away from anything to do with missing children but since I enjoyed Michael Wood’s Matilda Darke Series, I couldn’t pass on this one and will get the the next one that surely follows this book as the ending leaves it open for more. As usual, narration by Stephanie Beattie is spot-on and the writing is well-done. Though the subject matter is heartbreaking, it grabbed my attention and I did finish it. I paid $9.39. I save my credits for higher priced books. Recommended? Each to their own, however this book’s ending leaves the story open for Book 2 and, of course, now I’m hooked and will get it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Virginia S. O'Bryan
  • Virginia S. O'Bryan
  • 31-10-2020

Great Series

Narration is excellent and the characters and verbal exchanges are well done. However, I am getting sick of the Carl Meeghan thread. The author needs to solve this already and move on.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for lovebeck
  • lovebeck
  • 08-10-2020

Political Correctness ruins books for me.

Predictable and quite a bit of political correctness. It was not a book I would recommend.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Linda Jones
  • Linda Jones
  • 27-10-2020

Absolutely riveting !

I listen to Audible on my daily walk, twice a day and I haven’t been able to get out of the door fast enough! My hubby also wanted to join me, but I’ve politely declined his company as he would’ve wanted to chat and all I wanted to do was listen to this book! Really enjoyed the narrator. She read it so well. Thoroughly recommend this author. I’m catching up on his other books now.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for D Wyatt
  • D Wyatt
  • 25-11-2020

Love This Series

Loved this book. Can’t wait for the next one. Unfortunately book 4 & 5 wasn’t available as Audible so hoping book 7 is

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for julie albrighton
  • julie albrighton
  • 17-11-2020

enjoyable series

Easy listening and good story. Can not wait to listen to the next one. great

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andromeda's Twin
  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 25-10-2020

Ridiculous storyline

It's not often that I dislike a storyline, especially in a series that I've followed this far, I do seem to recall rather enjoying the previous titles in this series but now I'm starting to wonder about that, this has the most ludicrous storyline I've ever encountered, the characters are all two dimensional at best, the dialogue is poor although the character interplay is not bad, but towards the the ending things really get out of control. The police officers (mostly those of the female variety) start behaving like trainees and I've got one hour to go here, but I am so incensed by this riculous story that I had to come here to write this (admittedly poor) review.

I do NOT recommend this one at all, unless you are a sucker for a terrrible storyline, I will continue to listen to the bitter end and will update if anything improves, but until then, this is my opinion and I'm sticking with it.

I finished it and no, it did not improve one iota, this is definitely one to miss from the series.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.