The Disappeared by Ali Harper – a review

I was offered a copy of this via netgalley and the premise sounded interesting. So on a recent trip to Prague I decided to put all the waiting around that goes hand in hand with air travel to good use and catch up on some reading. The Disappeared was at the top of my list.

The Disappeared features a new pair of protagonists, Lee and Jo. They are best friends and business partners having just set up their own private investigation firm. They are excited to get their first case which seems like a simple missing person case. However when they realise that their client is not who she says she is, things start to get a lot more complicated. They are soon in danger and risking not only their business but also their lives.

I very much enjoyed this book. I have to admit that it was not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a much more serious crime fiction novel. Instead this was a really humorous story despite its focus on addiction and drugs.

I really liked the characters of Lee and Jo. They are fun and strong characters who play really well off each other. They were intriguing and whilst I have to admit to being a little frustrated as to how many secrets they were hiding this probably just added to the tension within the story. The Disappeared is set in Leeds, and the descriptions really bring the city to life (albeit as a rather dark and dangerous place!)

This is a story with lots of twists and turns. There were a lot of characters to keep track of but it all seemed to flow easily. I did feel that there wasn’t maybe much background to some of the characters. This meant I didn’t really care that much about them or what happened to them. However I liked the main ones that much it didn’t matter and this was a great vehicle to introduce two new fantastic female leads.  I look forward to reading more about Lee and Jo.

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