Review: Celina Grace – Hushabye

20140130-210420.jpgI’m really getting into the crime genre now. However, unlike my previous two books, this was a straightforward crime book set in the UK, not a chick-lit/crime book set in the southern states of America. This book also had a lead character who was a policewoman, not just some woman who thinks they can investigate a murder on their own!

But I still very much enjoyed it. I like reading a book and trying to work out who the culprit is, even if I’m proven wrong again and again. But that’s part of the fun, it’s like watching NCIS on tv and being utterly convinced that I know who is guilty, only to find out that I couldn’t be more wrong.

There were parts of this book which I liked, but parts which I didn’t. I liked the lead character of Kate Redman, and her new police partner. I think that later on in the series, we’ll see a better relationship develop between them, and hopefully get more of a glimpse into Kate’s past and her dysfunctional family.

The case that Kate is working on, the disappearance of a baby boy and the murder of his nanny, hits quite close to home for Kate, although the details are very vague until we get almost to the end of the book, when all of a sudden Kate’s past helps her to solve the case.

I found the actual investigation to be slightly strange. A baby boy has been snatched from his crib overnight, but the police seem to spend more time talking to the family than they do actually looking for the baby. I don’t know if that’s how it happens in real life, and I’ve not read that many crime books, so maybe that’s just how it goes.

I wouldn’t say I found this book as enjoyable as the others I’ve read recently. It was also very short, the last 22% of the book on Kindle actually turned out to be a preview of the next book in the series, which was very annoying! I’m not really sure if I want to read on yet, I think I’ll probably see how much the other books cost and then make my decision!

3/5