Hold My Hand by M.J.Ford #Review

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Avon Books UK
March 6-th 2018
Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

How long do you hunt for the missing?

A horrible vanishing act…

When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it’s too late. Dylan has disappeared…

Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found – complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether?

And then another child disappears…

Hello, my fellow readers and bloggers. Happy Easter Monday (for all those who celebrate according to Orthodox calendar). I hope you are having a great time. I have a very good book recommendation for you today. Hold My Hand,  is a debut psychological thriller written by the amazing M.J.Ford. I had a great time reading this book and I hope you will too. It is creepy, intriguing and surrounded-with-mystery police case! Here are my thoughts for the book. Enjoy!

The story starts in 1987, when Josie Masters is just a little girl. During a local visit to the circus, she sees a boy being led by a clown. The boy disappears and has never been found. All she remembers is the red football shirt that the boy wears and the big clown, big like a monster.

Now, thirty years later, Josie Masters is a police officer. When there is body found of a young boy with red shirt, her memories come back all over again. Is it the same boy that disappeared in the circus long time ago? She tries to solve the case, to visit and talk to the parents of the missing boy thirty years ago, and catch the big monstrous clown who takes and kills children.  Her involvement as a child in the clown case doesn’t make the things easy.

And then, another child disappears! Taken away by a clown!

Is it possible that the same killer strikes again? After so many years?

Can she save this little boy? Josie Masters and her team are running out of time!

M.J.Ford has written a stunning debut novel. I still can’t believe it is a debut. He has chosen a plot that is every parent’s worst nightmare. A missing child. Taken away by a clown. In a circus. Somewhere where it supposed to be the safest place for kids to play. And clowns are supposed to be fun, to bring smiles  and joy on kids’ faces. But predators also know that. The author has used that to create a creepy story that makes the hair on your neck stand. I never expected that kind of outcome! He has also created an intriguing character. We can see Josie as a child, Josie as an adult, Josie as a wife and aunt, Josie as a police officer. I liked her as character. I liked the way she was coping with her ex, I liked the way she treated her nephew and niece.  I didn’t like the way she treated her mother, that’s not the way a child should treat a parent. But no one is perfect, and overall, I liked Josie. And if you are for the hunt of an thriller that you won’t be able to put down, this is a book for you!

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