This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Lost and Gone Forever (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, #5) by Alex Grecian
Series: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad #5
Genres: Crime and suspense, Thriller
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem . . .
“He woke in the dark and saw that his cell door was open. Just a crack, but lamplight shone through and into the room. He lay on his cot and watched that chink of yellow through his shivering eyelashes. But the door didn’t open any farther and the man—the man Jack—didn’t enter the room. Had Jack forgotten to latch the door after his last visit? Or was he waiting to pounce, somewhere just out of sight in the passage beyond the cell?”
Walter Day has been in captivity for a year by Saucy Jack aka Jack the Ripper, unbeknownst to all. Nevil Hammersmith formerly a Sergeant of the Scotland Yard has opened his own detective agency, funded by Claire Day, Walters’s wife, with one interest in mind, finding Walter Day. While Nevil is out searching for Walter, his agency is in the hands of Hatty Pitt, who is inspiring to be a detective herself. Knowing full well that being a woman detective is unheard of, that does not stop Hatty from taking on a missing persons case that will land her deep into the mystery surrounding Inspector Day’s disappearance. As all the pawns in this mystery scramble to find Walter, will they also be able to put an end to the infamous Saucy Jack once and for all?
I found the entire story to be gripping from start to finish. In the start of the story we find Walter just coming out of captivity and his mind is a mess. There are many parts to the beginning that are just heart breaking to me but I wont be a spoiler. ☺ Watching Walter progress is painful because you just feel sorry for him and I also was like “Come on Man! Don’t you remember anything?! Sheesh, get angry!!” but the story is written perfectly in that way because when a person is shattered the pieces are not as easy to put together as that.
There are many interesting characters to this story. I really like Hatty’s character as she is taking matters into her own hands and trying to make something of herself. I think it adds a pleasant element to this story. Nevil, he cracks me up. So focused on finding his partner that he is oblivious to all going around him. Good for him that he has Hatty, although he has no clue what she has been up to or what she is capable of doing. I was so glad for Nevil that Walter was found, he truly needed his father figure and partner, do not know how much longer his character could have held on for.
For me the Saucy Jack character was a surprise, a gruesome surprise. What a twisted piece of work that guy is. Although he is straight out of any person’s nightmare as he is written, you do find yourself a little mesmerized by his character. You doubt me, but read the story and then you can comment on my blog that I did indeed “tell you so.” There is, in this book, no explanation for why he is the way he is, no apologies, he is just Jack. The writing also makes it clear in a murky way that Jack has a great affection for Walter, not that he would spare him, but that he has a care for Walter. I think as a bad guy, Jack is written wonderfully.
This book is full of suspense. Each character’s story or the parts they play are fascinating and whole; they could each have a stand-alone novel. I truly enjoyed reading the story…after I got over the heebie jeebies of the gruesomeness, ugh!
*Thank you to Penguin Group Putnam & NetGalley for this ARC of Lost and Gone Forever*