Children in Chains
By Lorraine Mace
Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.
When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.
Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?
Wow!!! What a book!!! The action starts from the very first page of the book! Several people who reviewed the book called it “gut-wrenching,” “dark,” and “gripping.” Those descriptions are one-hundred percent accurate. However, I would add that it is also heartbreaking, and it will infuriate you!
This is the follow-up to the first book in the DI Paolo Sterling series. I didn’t think the thrills could get any better, but I was wrong. Paolo is in therapy dealing with his angry, estranged wife, all the while trying to help in his daughter’s recovery from her own trauma. Now, he is involved in a case that will test him in ways he has never been tested before. While working on a case of a dead child, he discovers a horrendous network of child traffickers and abusers that stretch all across Europe. He is determined to put a stop to it, but there will be a lot of roadblocks in the way, especially when you have a criminal, Joey, who always seems to be one step ahead of him.
The book is told in several different POVs…Paolo’s. A voice is even given to an abuser and Joey, himself. I find this a genius move on the writer’s part. She gives her readers a look into a demented and evil mind! This is the part that infuriated me. But, isn’t that what a writer’s goal is…to make you feel something? She definitely made me feel lots of emotions, heartbreak, anger, and disgust!!!
She also gives us more insight into Paolo and Dave. We get to see a glimpse of Dave we haven’t seen before, and another emotional layer of Paolo is discovered as well. The book is extremely well-written, and she expertly balances the crime solving with the private lives of her main characters. As with the first book, she gives us a bit of a cliffhanger, but not like in other novels. It’s uniquely her own.
I have to add the most important part of my review in this last paragraph. She covers an emotional, horrible problem in our society. It affects our world, not just one in Britain or the United States. It’s a worldwide epidemic! I see stories all the time on television and on social media of children who are horribly abused. It moves me greatly. However, Lorraine Mace, gave these children a face. She spared no details, without getting too graphic. It was hard to read at times, yet, if we don’t face the dark things, we can never affect change. Mace is doing what writers dream of….making a change. Fantastic job, and I’m anxiously waiting the next book!!!
When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.
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