Stolen Children By Michael Wood

Available as audiobook and ebook 2nd October 2020, paperback 10th December 2020


Some cases won’t die.

A young boy walks into a police station in France. He claims to be Carl Meagan – a missing child from Sheffield whose name is still whispered as a warning to kids who stay out after dark.

Some children won’t be found.

On her way home from the supermarket, nine-year-old Keeley Armitage vanishes without trace. Her family is overcome with shock and DCI Matilda Darke can’t help but focus on memories of the Carl Meagan case that almost ruined her career.

Some killers won’t be stopped.

As Matilda investigates, she peels back the layers of grief and sadness that surround Keeley’s family. Until she is left with an unimaginable choice: betray those closest to her or let a violent killer walk free….


I absolutely love DCI Matilda Darke, this being the sixth book in the series, the characters just get better and better. This is a dark case for Matilda, bringing back memories she would rather forget. As a young boy enters a police station in France claiming to be Carl Meagan, a young boy who went missing four years earlier. Along with this a nine year old girl goes missing from Sheffield, her mother received a phone call demanding money.

Matilda had worked the Meagan case, she feels she let the family down and has never forgiven herself. She is determined to catch whoever is responsible for this missing girl. Could the cases be linked? After all it’s unusual for kidnapping in the United Kingdom. Why would someone ask a family who clearly have nothing to pay £50,000?

Michael Wood has outdone himself with this suspense filled read, the tension builds throughout the story sending your emotions up and down as you read of the family missing their daughter. I could not put this book down, starting in the morning I read until I finished it, at times I found myself holding my breath as the tension built. The pace is perfect, the story keeping you engaged throughout. Putting the two cases together adds even more depth to the story, as you are trying to work out if the cases are linked, the emotions of Linda Armitage are heartbreaking as are those of Sally Meagan who desperately wants her son Carl to still be alive despite it being four years since he went missing.

Despite this being a dark story there are some light moments with humour which works well as the detectives joke with each other. As well as seeing some of their lives outside of the work place, is there a bit of romance on the cards for Matilda? Getting to know more about some of the characters adds to making them three dimensional and believable, relatable.

With twists and turns to keep you guessing from start to finish, this is a book I would definitely recommend. Even if you haven’t read any of the other books in this series you could pick this up as a stand-alone novel.

A definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ a brilliant thriller, police procedural. I look forward to book 7 in the series.

I would like to thank #netgalley and #HarperCollinsUk,OneMoreChapter for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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