Sugar & Spice

It’s every parent’s nightmare.  Not just that their child could be kidnapped and murdered, but that they may suffer any form of abuse as well.

Sugar & Spice (only 69p on Kindle!) tackles this taboo subject head on.  In fact it bulldozes through it, in such a matter-of-fact way – completely non-glorified – that it takes your breath away.

Perhaps this wasn’t my best choice of book while spending a week on a caravan park by the sea where I have been letting The Girl wander off to do what she wants for hours on end!

However, if you’re not squeamish or one of those that can’t even deal with the thought of it, this is an extremely well written, and well researched thriller.

Rebecca is the first girl to turn up dead – her fingernails painted yellow by her killer.  When another couple of girls turn up dead with the same trait, the police know that they are dealing with a serial killer.  And what’s more, he’s even literally left a calling card giving himself his own moniker – Uncle Tom.

All of the indications point towards a previously convicted paedophile – but is this really the right man?  This is what Rebecca’s mum, Claire and her journalist boyfriend Matt are desperate to find out.

This book deals with the subject matter without frills or niceties and seems to really get into the thoughts as to why these men (as they generally are) do what they do.

I found it absolutely fascinating.  In a slightly icky kind of way of course – but fascinating none the less!  One of the best ‘stabby-thriller-catchy-killer’ books (as I call them) that I have read in quite a while!