When a thirteen-year-old girl goes missing from a small village in the middle of nowhere George Bennett takes notice. He immediately suspects foul play and with the freezing temperatures puts a team together to find the child. When people in the village clam up it takes a persistent man to make them trust him enough to release what little they know. Slowly he puts a case together but without a body, he’s on shaky ground.
I usually enjoy a detective book but this one didn‘t grip me as I hoped it would. I felt that the characters were not engaging enough, but I did persevere. I was disturbed by the continual description of smoking habits, was it necessary? I really felt that the entire line-up of character’s obsessive chain-smoking was getting in the way of the story, so much so that I actually wondered if it was done for the purpose of word filling.
I appreciated the remote setting’s authentic feel and the parochial villagers. The story was good if a little long and drawn out.