Title: The Forgotten by JV Baptie
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Date Published: 13th June 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Historical.
What if everything was a lie?
Newly-promoted but not welcome in CID, Detective Sergeant Helen Carter is tasked with investigating a murder in an old abandoned picture house. The case takes a chilling turn when the business card of an ex-cop is found at the scene.
Helen must piece together the case before the bodies mount up around her, and before the killer strikes closer to home…
Delve into the underworld of Scotland’s capital city in this fast-paced thriller!
Praise for The Forgotten:
“A genuine page turner.” Bestselling author, Alex Gray
“Fast-paced and gritty Tartan Noir. A Brilliant Debut.” Bestselling author, Frances Di Plino
“Fans of Rebus will love this.” Thriller author, E.A Clark.
“Memorable and smart.” Tom Ward, author
I want to thank Simon over at Black Books Blog for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of The Forgotten.
Set in Edinburgh in 1977, back when avocado bath suites and the Bay City Rollers were all the rage, Detective Sergeant Helen Carter faces an uphill battle when she’d promoted to CID. First off she’s a woman and her father was a prominent Detective Inspector, so a lot of her colleagues don’t think she deserves to be there.
When a body is found in an old cinema, tortured with a strange symbol painted in the victims blood, she’s tasked to work with DI Jack Craven, who makes his feelings clear on the fact she should be making tea and dealing with the soppy stuff, like talking to grieving relatives.
The investigation leads to private eye and former policeman George Stanley who used to work with Helen’s father, and left the police suddenly and seems to be holding something back. More victims turn up, killed in a similar manner, it’s a race against time to find the ruthless killer before they harm anyone else.
This is a great beginning to hopefully what will be a start of a new series. I really enjoyed the historical setting, I don’t know that much about the 1970’s but as with any era before I was born holds a bit of a fascination with me.
I appreciated each of the characters were flawed, Helen who’s facing opposition on all sides, including her own boyfriend to give up her job and get a nice nine to five and have a few kids, something she’d not that keen on. Then there’s DI Jack Craven who is constantly smoking and eating Marathon bars (they’re called Snickers now, I googled it) with a wandering eye which lead to the break up of his marriage.
There was a nice use of the Scottish dialect throughout the book which to me made it more authentic and I was surprised how few words I had to use my dictionary function for.
Unfortunately there were some action scenes which I kind of lost track of what was happening. Also I don’t think the prologue while it was intriguing and drew me in, I just felt it didn’t quite fit with the story, either that or I think it may not have been expanded on enough for my liking.
Overall a promising debut that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good police procedural. I hope to read more from JV Baptie in the future.
About The Author:
J.V. Baptie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 with an MA in Creative Writing. When not writing, she is also an actress and has appeared in a variety of children’s shows and stage plays.
You can find out more about her at jvbaptie.com