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Toys in the Dust: A Gripping Mystery Thriller Kindle Edition
Two seven-year-old girls, Tina and Suzy, are playing in a dusty creek when a stranger appears and strikes up a conversation. He is sad that he doesn’t have a doll to play with like the girls do, so Suzy hurries home to fetch one. When she returns, Suzy discovers both Tina and the stranger have vanished.
A short while later, traffic officer Leighton Jones, who is fighting his own demons, is driving home from the scene of a near-fatal accident. When Leighton sees a young girl race out in front of his car and vanish into the countryside, he reports the sighting. Unfortunately, his superiors, who are increasingly concerned about Leighton’s mental health, doubt the child exists.
But after Tina’s mother confirms her daughter’s disappearance, Leighton risks his job by pursuing his own investigation of the case.
Meanwhile, in the Californian countryside, a child killer is relentlessly searching for the one who got away . . .
“Leighton Jones is one of the best characters I have read about. He sort of reminds me of Harry Bosch in that he is determined to get to the bottom of any wrongdoings, despite the consequences he may face.” —Broadbean’s Books
“A great page turner that I devoured within no time. The author has created a protagonist that the reader really gets behind and cares about.” —By the Letter Book Reviews
“A killer story that kept me on the edge of my seat.” —jbronderbookreviews
- ASIN : B08B8DG736
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (March 20, 2019)
- Publication date : March 20, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2359 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #786,880 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tina and Suzy take their Barbie dolls across the way, down by the creek, to play. When a man approaches the 7-year-olds, they think he is a sort of big kid who wants to play with them. He says he wants a doll to play with too so Suzy takes off for home to get one for him. When she returns with the doll, Tina and the man are no where to be seen .. and Tina's Barbie doll is laying in the dust.
Although third in the series, this takes the reader back to the days when Leighton Jones was a Traffic Officer. He's still reeling from the loss of his wife and trying to be both mom and dad to his young daughter. One night while driving home, a young girl crosses the road in front of his car and vanishes among the trees.
It's only the following day that Jones learns about the missing girl. He reports his sighting to his superiors, who think Jones is imagining things. When he decides to look for the girl himself, his superiors threaten him with the loss of his 'real' job.
Meanwhile, the story continues with the kidnapping and her ultimate escape.
But Tina's nightmare has only begun........
It's a harrowing few days and nights as Tina tries to evade the man who took her. This is a fast-paced, action- packed thriller. The characters are solid, with Jones leading the way to credibility and Tina grabbing your heart as she sobs with fear and fatigue.
Top reviews from other countries
A special award should go to Tina for the best character with guts and determination
Leighton is such a brilliant character, I am enjoying reading his story slightly out of sequence and it works so well, you can read the books in any order as we are given snippets of Leighton’s life in all of them at various times of his life.
The setting was really part of the book as a character and reminded me of Jane Harper’s style of writing - a vast area, but with enclosed and slight claustrophobic feel.
Look forward to the next instalment
losing his wife 16 !months before..Still going through the stages of grief Leighton is a good man ....yet he somehow always managed to cross swords with his rookie partner.On the second day of the missing child Leighton sees a young girl running in front of his car..when he later reports this ..his report is ignored...When Annie his daughter goes off to spend time with her grandparents..Jones goes to visit Angela Blanchette..Meanwhile a killer is out and searching ..he has something he has lost and knows he must find what he is looking for or everything will turn very bad for him .Leighton Jones is reprimanded...but the thing about someone who has lost so much is that nothing will stop Jones. once he makes up his mind about something....Will he find Tina ..? Can he mend a broken woman..a mother who loves her child with every fibre in her soul. I so looked forward to this book after reading The Girl on the Bus and Carpenter Road..And yet again this is a beautiful story...Leighton Jones character is strong yet so very vulnerable when it comes to his daughter ..There is something so beautiful in this writing ....even through the pages where you hate the stranger ..you can feel a mothers love , a young child's innocence and a man who has this determination ..and grit deep down in his soul.Five stars..beautiful ..captivating and Jones will cast a spell on you
You might find it strange that I use the word lovable about a character in a crime book. Leighton is though. There is something really likeable about him and almost fragile. He has had a hard time in his past and is trying to do his best in his personal life. In his work life he always seems to get a hard time. Sticking his nose into cases that don’t concern him, yet he can’t help himself. And for me this is why I love him. Regardless of the consequences, he always goes with his gut, in the hope that he can save someone at whatever cost to himself.
Little Tina was another character that I really enjoyed in this story. I loved her resilience and the urgency of finding her really grows the further into the story we get and I was desperate to get to the end to see how it was going to turn out.
Toys In The Dust is a great page turner that I devoured within no time. The author has created a protagonist that the reader really gets behind and cares about. His writing also seems so effortless and really engages the reader and it makes for an enjoyable reading experience.