The Child Before by Michael Scanlon / #Review @bookouture @MScanlonAuthor

Detective Finnegan Beck #2

She began to sing, the girl. Her voice was soft, so soft it was almost of the wind. It was a lullaby. She cradled her arms, rocking them gently back and forth. As if she was holding a baby. But she was not. Her arms were empty.

On a cold morning a cyclist finds the brutally-slaughtered body of a woman in her car, on a remote lane leading to the long-abandoned Irish village of Kelly’s Forge.

But when Detective Finnegan Beck arrives from the nearby town of Cross Beg to investigate he notices there’s a baby’s seat in the back of the car. A bottle of baby’s milk lying in the footwell. And no child.

Little Róisín isn’t the first child to go missing from that same remote location though. There was another baby girl, taken more than fifty years before, who was never found. Has too much time passed for there to be a connection, or does something – or someone – link these two crimes?

Beck claims he does not want to stay in Cross Beg. His heart is back in Dublin, with the woman he loves. But, knowing that a child’s life depends on him changes things. He knows he has to find the missing baby girl. Because if he doesn’t, he fears there’s a chance everyone will give up the baby for dead, just like they did before… 



My Review

Most people like to read the books of a series in the correct order. I normally do too, but sometimes life forces you to do other things than immersing yourself in a good book. This means that I have read book 1 and 3 and now it was time to see what happens in book 2.

I really enjoyed the 2 books I read before, but I did not like detective Beck this time. I don’t know what happened to him are was it me?

There was a lot going on in this part and when a killer is caught I am always wondering what has triggered them to act the way they did now, because often it’s connected to something that has happened many years ago. I did not see this here or did I miss it?

There were a lot of descriptions about the scenery too and of course they sometimes are very important to paint the picture. I don’t know whether so many details were needed?

I had the feeling I could not connect everything that went on and I found it a bit confusing.

I am convinced that many readers will be over the moon with this book. I am sorry to say it was not one for me. 3 stars.

Thank you


About the author

Michael Scanlon is a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered him on long term sick leave. He is married to Eileen and has a daughter, Sarah. He lives in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguably the best salmon river in Europe, called the Moy.


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