==Synopsis of the book:==
Nine months ago a priceless necklace was stolen from Jane Moss, it was an engagement present from her now dead fiancé Tom. Now with a man committed for the murder and stealing the necklace's his mother visits Daniel Hood asking him to try and recover the jewellery and return it to its right full owner. Can Daniel succeed where the Police and Insurance Company have failed to recover this item?
Meanwhile Brodie Farrell who runs this finder business that Daniel works for, is trying desperately to find a cure for the cancer her baby Jonathan is suffering from. He is deteriorating and despite her best efforts visiting specialist all over the world no cure has been found and now his health is so poor that additional travel is not recommended. Brodie and the babies father Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon are willing to consider anything to save their son's life.
==My thoughts on this novel:==
This is book nine in the series of suspense thrillers featuring Brodie Farrell, who runs a business finding service, finding what most would consider the impossible to find. I have read six of these and so it is fair to say I know what to expect from both this author and this series of stories.
I would recommend this book but only if you have read some of the previous stories as a lot of the quality and interest in this is die to the very unusual relationship between Brodie, Daniel and Jack. It is a relationship like all that change over time and despite Jack being the father of Brodie's son, it is Daniel who Brodie shares a real closeness to, he is like a best friend and they understand each other intimately. However in this story their relationship is stretched to its limit as Brodie asks him to compromise his beliefs in one last desperate attempt to save her dieing son that is highly unlikely to help.
It would be fair to say I am a bit fan of this series as I really enjoy this unusual and complex relationship between these characters. This book was no exception and to be honest it made up for what I considered although interesting was basically quite a weak storyline involving this stolen necklace. However what for me made this story very enjoyable was the personal side, as Brodie and Jack faced impossible decisions over their very ill baby.
For me this totally took over the other story and I was more interested in what would happen and to be honest I really felt emotionally drained by the desperate situation they found themselves in as they tried to come to turns with the fact their was no cure for his condition. It was so sad a situation that was superbly and thoughtfully written and pulled at the reader's heartstrings. You so desperately wanted a solution to be found but the odds seemed stacked against them.
There were many things that persuaded me to purchase this novel; the most important was my very high regard and previous enjoyment of the previous novels in the series. This is the latest in the series and written in 2009. When I studied the book two other factors also appealed to me, firstly the title of the book, which I thought sounded fascinating and I wondered how it would apply to the novels main characters if at all. Secondly, I thought the summary on the inside cover really set the scene well and got me intrigued in the various aspects of the story.
I found I immediately got into this story as the action started almost immediately with the tragic events surrounding the knocking down and killing of Tom while out with Jane celebrating their engagement. It was well written and I liked the way what was happening to all the three main characters comprised their principles at different times during the two major themes of the story.
The story developed in ways I had not anticipated and I enjoyed how the author handled Daniel's investigation into finding and returning the missing necklace and the more sensitive and heart wrenching desperate plight of Jonathan's battle with cancer. At times this story really made me sad and I felt chocked by what was happening to this unfortunately baby. I found Brodie and Jack's feelings and desperation totally understandable and I thought the author wrote it using amazing depth to explain all the thoughts, emotions and insecurities they felt.
To be honest in contrast the story of finding the necklace didn't compare and when ever the story flicked from the story of Jonathan to the necklace one I switched off a bit and couldn't wait for it to return to the deeper more compassionate one.
Although to give the author her due the necklace story was well thought out and I was impressed and surprised by the way it concluded. I thought the conclusion to both aspects of the story where well thought out and I only questioned one aspect about it that I thought would not be true.
The central theme in all these books is the bizarre triangular relationship between Brodie, Daniel and Jack. In this one the closeness between Daniel and Brodie is compromised by his honesty and inability to lie and not follow his own beliefs. This relationship between these central characters is always dynamic and changing and one in which an awful lot of thought is put in to demonstrated how they all feel at different times. I find all three characters amazing, because they are all so different and it is the way they interact and get on or not as the case maybe sometimes that always impresses me.
For me this was the deepest, most thought provoking and sad book in the series. It was a little lacking as a result in the suspense and mystery stakes but that was due to the critical nature of the situation surrounding Jonathan's health. I don't think I have ever read a story that touched me quite as much as this one did and I know that is partly because of my affection for the characters but also the suffering of this very unfortunate baby and the way the author wrote about his fight for life.
The books length was about right to tell a wonderfully deep story. With a fascinating final chapter that had me on tender hooks. I just can't wait to read the next in this amazing series, involving these amazing characters in a fascinating relationship.
I think I would definitely recommend this to all fans of this series of novels. Although because of the sensitivity of the main subject matter I would not recommend it if you have not read at least one previous novel, because you need to understand the background to the characters relationships. It was well written throughout and really tugged at your heartstrings as Jonathan's declining health affected the major characters in the story and really left a lump in your throat.
Publisher: Allison & Busby
About the author: www.fansticfiction/b/jo-bannister
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© CPTDANIELS May 2011