Review of Absent by Emma Salisbury

Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Lynn

What they say: When he stopped a serial killer in his tracks earlier in the year he thought that would be the end of it, but for DS Kevin Coupland his nightmare has just begun.

A child’s body is discovered hidden in a bag, kicking off a major investigation for Salford Precinct’s murder squad. Soon the National Crime Agency roll into town and Coupland is under strict instructions to play nice.

He’s got enough on his plate to worry about politics. A shock discovery in his personal life is starting to take its toll, causing him to make decisions that bring him to the attention of the powers that be for all the wrong reasons.

DS Alex Moreton returns from maternity leave to find her partner deeply troubled, but with a cold case to review she’s in no position to prevent him hitting the self-destruct button.

As he hunts down the child’s killer Coupland is forced to reflect upon his own life and find an answer to the question he’s been avoiding. Is it possible to accept the things you cannot change?

What we say: Absent by Emma Salisbury is a crime thriller with a twist that had me engaged right from the start.

A child’s body was discovered in a sports bag, but the DNA does not match that of any child on the missing persons list. How can a child go missing and no one reports it? In steps DS Coupland, a cranky but brilliant detective who is focused on finding out who this child is and bringing their killer to justice, regardless of the issues he is having in his own personal life.

This was a well-written, thought provoking novel with some twists and turns along the way to keep the reader engaged and guessing. The relationship between the lead detective and his work partner was believable and amusing at times. We all know someone as single minded as DS Coupland, who has a tendency to charge in like a bull in a china shop. He has the ability to rub a lot of people up the wrong way, but is always motivated by the best of intentions even if his methods leave a lot to be desired. His work partner is the only one who seems to have the ability to stand up to him, but even she is left at a loss on how to deal with his outbursts at times.

On the whole this was a thoroughly enjoyable book that I would recommend to others. If you enjoy a murder mystery, then this will not disappoint.”


Absent by Emma Salisbury is available from many book stores and online from Amazon.

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