Child No. 3 by Phil Martin

child_number_threeblurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review. 

Child No. 3 (Book No. 1 in the Little Girl Lost trilogy)

Having exposed lie after lie told by her foster parents, Amy Walker sets off on a mission of self-discovery to unearth exactly what they have kept buried from the world.

After journeying from her Manchester home to the shanty towns and palaces of Morocco, more untruths lead her back to London and a dark Chechen underworld, where she discovers she was third on a coded, list of stolen children.

As Amy gets closer to unearthing her truth, she disturbs it, alerting the gang to her existence. Her truth will do anything to stay hidden. 

Child No. 3 must be silenced. Little girl lost must never be found.

I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is part one of a trilogy and is one hell of a roller coaster ride, and even more so for Amy Walker the main character, who is caught up in something from her past due to no fault of her own, but she is now traveling to various countries and different parts of the UK to try and find out who she is and where she comes from. She also gets her friend from University involved but things turn out rather dangerous for them and they leave a trail of bodies, loads of unanswered questions that she wants answered despite all the danger. The characters are interesting and I am sure some of them will appear in later books.

Very easy to pick up and read, very difficult to put down, nicely written in a sense that although there are plenty of bodies left behind there is no gore.

The ending is actually better than I thought it would be, it ends just at the right time leaving you with enough desire to buy the next book in the series, but it is not too open ended.

Definitely a good read if you enjoy fast paced thrillers. It is certainly a disturbing subject as this happens way too often around the world.

My only complaint is the names of the Russian or Chechen characters, surely there are some easier names to pronounce than those that the author has chosen

This is a self published book. Looking forward to the next one.
 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/607512.Phil_Martin

http://www.philmartinbooks.co.uk

http://www.amazon.com/Phil-Martin/e/B009HBTNXI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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