Before It’s Too Late by Jane Isaac

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About the book:

Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone.

Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor. Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected.

But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out. Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it’s too late?

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About the author:

Jane Isaac lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in rural Northamptonshire, UK. Her debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014’.

In 2015 Jane embarked on a new series, featuring DI Will Jackman and set in Stratford upon Avon, with Before It’s Too Late. The second in the series, Beneath The Ashes, will be published by Legend Press on 1st November 2016 with the 3rd, The Lies Within, to follow on 2nd May 2017.

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My thoughts:

I’ve had this book on my kindle for far too long so I decided to read it in prep for the blog tour for Beneath The Ashes (book 2) which I’m on next week! In theory I’m glad I waited as it was great to be able to read the books so close together. I didn’t have to wait for ages like normal!

Before It’s Too Late is a great intro to DI Will Jackman and his team. Following them as they investigate the disappearance of Chinese student Min Li, this book gives the reader a great insight into Jackman and what makes him tick.

Jackman is a great character. Having been through what he has, it’s not hard to see why he is so tired and jaded at times. Celia, his daughter, is also lovely. Full of youthful effervescence, she brings a nice light-heartedness to a part of the story shrouded in sadness.

I really enjoyed (I always think that sounds so morbid considering the subject matter!) how Before It’s Too Late was written. The story flows really well, it has numerous different avenues of investigation going on but not once does Jane Isaac lose her readers attention. It’s a really good pace, with a very interesting plot.

I flew through Before It’s Too Late, I was eager to find out what happened to Min Li and to see how the kidnappings played out. I was thoroughly satisfied with the ending too, I didn’t figure anything out (which is odd for me!) which made it all the more intriguing to see what would play out.

An excellent police procedural, with real humanity at its core, Beneath The Ashes is a superb starting point for a series that I can’t wait to keep up with.

Highly recommended!

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