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After She Vanished by S.A. Dunphy

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Paperback: 432 Pages.

Published: 01 February 2018 by Hachette Books Ireland

ISBN: 147365520X

EAN: 9781473655201

Five people living on Dublin's streets have gone missing and criminologist David Dunnigan has been tasked with finding them.

His search leads him to ten-year-old Harry, living alone in an abandoned warehouse, who has been waiting days for his parents' return ...

Dunnigan knows more than he would wish to about unexplained disappearances. Almost twenty years ago, his young niece Beth vanished during their annual Christmas shopping trip. No trace of her was ever discovered. And the tragic mystery has loomed over Dunnigan's life ever since.

As his current investigation draws him deeper into the city's dark underbelly, Dunnigan's resolve to help Harry and unravel this mystery grows stronger.

And could it lead him one step closer to finding out what became of Beth?

Reviews

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Loved the Main Character

David Dunnigan is a dysfunctional criminologist who works for the Garda (police - this is set in Ireland) and as a lecturer at the university. We actually arrive almost 20 years after the big event in Dunnigan's life - the day his 4 year old niece, Beth, disappeared whilst they were out Christmas shopping. Dunnigan has been a wreck and is now barely functioning with dreadful social skills and a bare existance. Interestingly despite these issues the book takes care to state that Dunnigan is not on the autistic spectrum though has OCD tendancies. Dunnigan is asked to look into the disappearance of some homeless people from the streets of Dublin.

I loved this book. I am not entirely sure why but I just couldn't put it down.

I have seen other reviewers have commented that David Dunnigan isn't a likeable main character. I really liked him. He is damaged, anti-social, barely civil & seems to have lost all social nicities but I found him rather endearing. Underneath he is a nice guy though he tries hard not to let it show. There is a good supporting cast - Miley a 20 something year old man with Down's Syndrome who has had more than his fair share of troubles in life. Then there is Father Bill - a real crusader for the homeless but does he always stick to the right side of the law when helping them?

There is the obvious interaction with church and state which is apparent in Irish society. Not everyone in the church is as Christian as they might be.I enjoyed this aspect of the book & find it interesting how modern society & the church interact.

The plot is reasonably good with plenty of twists and turns. There are a few clues in here which I think we will find have some relevance to the disappearance of Beth and which I imagine will crop up in the next book.

I felt the ending rounded off the book well. There are some open threads but it is very obvious that there will be a second one. I'd appreciate it soon!

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

 
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