When Louise Gillespie regains consciousness after a traffic accident, she learns that her husband and four-year-old daughter are missing. Her frantic search to find them is encumbered by her own brain trauma and the local sergeant in charge of investigation, who thinks she's crazy.
Her luck finally changes when she bumps into PIs Ellen Brazil and Brian Lynx. Despite being on holiday themselves, they take on Louise's case. It's not long before Ellen and Brian discover the truth behind the family's sinister disappearance.
I'd been hoping Mel Comley wouldn't abandon the Intention series as I really had enjoyed the first two books and it's been a while since she published Grave Intention. So imagine how delighted I was when the author announced the publication of the third installment and offered to send me an ARC copy.
While travelling in their car, Louise Gillespie, her husband Matthew and young daughter Sophie are involved in a horrific car accident. When Louise regains consciousness and asks about her family, she's told that she was the only person in the wreckage. There was no one with her at the time of the accident. But how could this be? Are they joking? Where are Matthew and Sophie? But no one seems to be joking. Her family has simply vanished into thin air...
While on holiday, Ellie, Brian and his daughter Cally meet a distraught Louise. When they listen to her story, they decide to forget their holiday and take on the job of finding out what happened to her family. Is Louise just a very confused woman? Or has something sinister happened to Matthew and Sophie? Something surely smells fishy in this story and they want to find out what.
Of all three Intention books, this is by far my favourite. Even though it's third in a series it can be read as a standalone. It's got a great cover (I LOVE it!!). It is fast-paced with a clever, gripping plot that kept me hooked to my kindle biting my knuckles and I ended up devouring it in one sitting.
I missed Ellie and Brian and it was great to see them back. Such great characters. Together they form a terrific team. The tension picks up at the start and never lets go. I hope no one finds themselves in poor Louise's situation, but unfortunately I'm sure these things happen more frequently than one may think.
With a sprinkle of romance and humour in the mix, Devious Intention is another cracker by Mel Comley and I highly recommend it.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book.