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Book Review: Hold My Hand by M.J. Ford

Hold My Hand by MJ Ford

 Avon, 6/3/18

Rating 4 out of 5


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…


Hold My Hand is a psychological police procedural that you will want to finish in one go. Add into this a ‘killer clown’ and missing children, this suspense-driven novel is perfect for anyone looking to be bamboozled right until the very end.

There aren’t many thrillers or police procedurals that I can’t tell at least part way through who the killer is but this book really has a twist in its tail that although you won’t see it coming, is believable. That can be one downfall of some crime or psychological thrillers. They lead you to believe the killer is one person and then right at the end change it to someone else. If done well, like in this book, it works. If done poorly it can really let a good book down.

The characters in this story are well thought out and rounded. The mix of police and personal that you are shown about Josie allows you to develop a relationship with her and have you rooting for her right until the end. I also liked the addition of the retired police officer, this gave perspective to the old case and added an interesting element.

The setting can be as important in a novel as the characters or plot and the use of the circus as two crime scenes worked well. There is something mysterious and thrilling about a circus, the unknown and magic of the big top added a great chemistry to this story.

This would definitely have been a 5 out of 5 if it hadn’t been for the football shirt reference. I felt it was too tidy and well-rounded to be believable, I won’t go into too much detail as it will spoil the ending but once you’ve read this, you may understand what I’m saying.

Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (8 Mar. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008258821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008258825

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