By Helen Cadbury
Published by Allison & Busby (22 January 2015)
Two young boys stumble on a dead prostitute. She’s on Sean Denton’s patch. As Doncaster’s youngest community support officer, he’s already way out of his death, but soon he’s uncovering more than he’s supposed to know. Meanwhile Karen Friedman, professional mother of two, learns her brother has disappeared. She desperately needs to know he’s safe, but once she starts looking, she discovers unexpected things about her own needs and desires. Played out against a gritty landscape on the edge of a Northern town, Karen and Sean risk losing all they hold precious.
To Catch A Rabbit is an enjoyable crime debut with a complex plot and lots of well-developed characters.
Sean Denton is an interesting protagonist - he's a community support officer rather than a police officer. He's good at watching people and certainly knows his patch, so notices when something isn't right. And he's not afraid to investigate, even though he isn't qualified to do so.
The story follows two seemingly unrelated subplots - the discovery of a dead prostitute and a man's disappearance. As the story progresses, it's clear that the crimes are linked, but Sean has to put the clues together to discover how. There's a great build up to the final showdown, as all the characters and subplots come together.
To Catch A Rabbit has some great twists and turns. I had no idea which direction the plot was going in until the end of the book. The author covers some very gritty topics, such as asylum seekers, human trafficking and the sex trade.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.