Mummy’s Favourite (DC Charlotte Stafford #1),
by Sarah Flint
About the book:
He’s watching… He’s waiting… Who’s next?
Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child. One is alive. One is dead. DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is assigned by her boss, DI Geoffrey Hunter to assist with the missing person investigation, where mothers and children are being snatched in broad daylight.
As more pairs go missing, the pressure mounts. Leads are going cold. Suspects are identified but have they got the right person? Can Charlie stop the sadistic killer whose only wish is to punish those deemed to have committed a wrong? Or will she herself unwittingly become a victim.
A gripping, heart-stopping serial killer read not for the faint-hearted.. Perfect for the fans of Karin Slaughter.
What people are saying about MUMMY’S FAVOURITE: ‘This book hooked me in from the start’ ‘This is fast-paced crime writing at its best’ ‘If you like stories that keep you on the edge of your seat then this is for you’ ‘Kept me guessing right up to the end’
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sarah Flint’s Mummy’s Favourite. This is the first in a series about DC Charlotte (Charlie) Stafford. A woman and her son disappear and there are questions about whether she took her child and fled an abusive situation, did her husband do something to her, or was it something else. But soon, other mothers and children disappear launching a complicated and difficult investigation into what has really happened.
I have really gotten into police procedurals and mysteries over the past year, and Mummy’s Favourite absolutely did not disappoint. At times, I felt a bit overwhelmed with so much going on regarding Charlie’s history, missing women, Keith, the “bad guy” and so on, but despite how much information was being given, Sarah Flint managed to bring everything together perfectly.
I loved the character of Charlie and especially loved her working relationship with DI Hunter. I didn’t realize until after reading that Sarah Flint has years of her own police experience, but it was very evident within the story, making me feel that the author had really done her research to get it right.
I will say, however, that Mummy’s Favourite is not a light and easy read. There are difficult scenes, strong imagery, and descriptive writing that make parts of this novel very uncomfortable. But anyone reading the blurb should understand that it involves the death of a mother and/or child, so just be prepared for some unsettling situations.
Any lovers of crime thrillers should add this one to your TBR. It’s well-written, descriptive, and captivating. I loved this one and can’t wait to read what happens next with Charlie.
*Many thanks to Aria Fiction and the author for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!
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About the author:
With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.