Good day sweet readers, welcome to my review where I am going to rave loudly about The Abduction, the second in the Kramer & Carver series written by the incredibly talented AA Chaudhuri, published by Endeavour Media on the 20th of December 2019. I read the first instalment of this series, The Scribe, last year as part of the blog tour. What a debut! You can check out my review here.
I missed out on taken part in the blog tour for this thrilling beauty, but AA Chaudhuri kindly gifted me a copy to read and review, gosh aren’t I one lucky and happy blogger for THAT opportunity. There was excited squealing. Anyways, I begun it immediately, took it in the car, to the beach, everywhere because I needed to squeeze an extra chapter in where and when I could. More about that later, here’s the blurb:
Kramer and Carver are back…
Madeline Kramer has finally got her life back on track at top City law firm Sullivan, Blake, Monroe. But when two armed, masked men burst into a conference room one lunchtime, kidnapping a trainee and a partner, Maddy’s life is plunged into disarray once more—particularly when charismatic DCI Jake Carver, who caught a heartless killer when they last met and with whom Maddy shared a mutual chemistry, is called to the scene.
Things become more complicated when a disturbing video reveals two more trainees have been taken. What initially appears as a random kidnapping for mercenary gain soon evolves into something far more complex, the horrifying events of thirty years ago motivating the abductors and having colossal implications for those in the present…
Against a backdrop of sleaze, sex, lies and murder in The Abduction, Maddy and Carver must work together to unravel the truth, and ensure that no crimes—past or present—are left unpunished.
I absolutely loved The Scribe, it was one of the few most heart racing thrillers that I read for a while, then in waltzed The Abduction and blew The Scribe so far out of the park! For me, AA has created a full on homerun of a thriller that had me gripping the book tightly, which saved my already bitten to low nails and left my heart with palpitations – the perfect state a thriller addict hopes to be left in when reading and finishing a highly anticipated read. The Abduction didn’t disappoint and as you may have already been able to tell, it got all my stars and a well deserved place in my bookish heart.
The characterisation, of the good and the bad guys, are just perfectly crafted – they have a kaleidoscope of personality traits that will have you swoon, pity them, as well as want to give them a good slap in the mouth (but violence doesn’t solve anything kids, and they aren’t real so I became the reader who shouted at THOSE characters!). Every single person that we meet amongst the pages of The Abduction are perfectly crafted in place, and given roles, it’s a literary interpretation of a very well thought out game of chess – and you, the reader just don’t know how it’s going to play out. That is exactly like this book, a well crafted, superbly executed thriller.
Can we just talk about one of my favourite crime fighting duos? Of course it’s savvy lawyer Maddy Kramer and the sultry type DCI Carver, 2.5 years have lapsed in the book world since The Scribe and the professional chemistry is still very much there! They compliment one another like your favourite food pairing – Kramer is intelligent, delicate in her approach and strongly independent, whereas Carver is intelligent also, but more of a hardened and complex character. Together, they make the best team and even after only just finishing the second installment of the series, I’m already on tenderhooks waiting for book 3.
We all know that there’s different range of thrillers out there, from the subtly creeping up on you kind, to the ones that start almost immediately and have your heart galloping from the get go – for me The Abduction was the latter. There was no ‘small talk’, no unnecessary building of the storyline, it dived straight in to the adrenaline depths and it absolutely worked, my heart raced, my brain was on overdrive and I was gripped from chapter one. Not only did the threads of the storyline begun to unravel in such thrilling harmony, but the who unfolding was intense, tension filled and paced brilliantly. The book reads effortlessly and develops naturally, with snippets of the past that ties the whole thing together with a gaspingly great big bow.
Every single chapter of The Abduction enthralled me, I loved it (hence the full 5 stars) and now, if you don’t mind I shall wait here (im)patiently as I wait for the third book of the series. I really can’t wait to see what AA Chaudhuri has up her sleeve for the next installment.
Thanks again to AA Chaudhuri for sending me a copy of The Abduction and thanks to you, yes you for popping along to check out my bookish thoughts on this book. If you think that this us the read for you, I’ve included the link here, where you can interweb travel and grab yourself a copy.
Until next time,