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The Surrogate by Tania Carver

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Wow! If you like a thriller that will keep you up all night, then this is the book for you! Unimaginable crimes, a bleak English setting, and short chapters make for a fast read you won’t want to put down.

In The Surrogate, detective constable Phil Brenan has just walked into the fourth crime seen of a murdered pregnant woman. In the first few cases, the baby was cut out and left near the body, but now the baby has been removed from the victim’s body. His team believes that there is a possibility the infant could still be alive, given the fact that the mother was almost to term, so every second that passes means an innocent child is in further danger.

Joining his team is criminal psychologist Marina, who believes the killer is not the detectives’ main suspect. Even though their suspect has connections to several of the victims, he doesn’t fit the profile. There is a good subplot here involving Phil and Marina, who first met on a previous case and were once lovers. There relationship fell apart when the case had comprised Marina’s life. Marina, now pregnant, is in another relationship.

The plot skips around from Phil’s team and his corrupt assistant, Clayton, to a woman named Hester who has the baby in her possession. Disturbing is the best word I can think of to describe Hester, and your palms will be sweating until you know the child’s fate. I loved this book, and I can’t wait to read what Carver has in store for her readers next.

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