Nominated by:

Newcastle City Library, UK

Publisher of nominated edition:

Moth Publishing, UK

Stolen

Rebecca Muddiman      

2015 Longlist

A missing child. A mother destroyed. A life stolen.

When Abby Henshaw’s car is run off the road and she is brutally attacked by two strangers, her first thought is for the safety of her baby daughter, Beth, who is on the backseat. But what follows is a mother’s worst nightmare: Beth is gone.

As DI Michael Gardner begins to investigate Abby and her family, he discovers that their relationships are built on secrets and betrayals. Under pressure to find the missing child, he finds himself struggling to stay emotionally removed from the case and from Abby herself. Beth is not found and the case turns cold.

Years later another child goes missing and Gardner is drawn back into contact with Abby who is convinced that her daughter is still alive. Together they set in motion a series of events that culminate in a brutal confrontation with the truth.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in Redcar – UK – where she still lives. She has a degree in film and media and an MA in creative writing. She has lived and worked in Holland and London, and travelled across America on a Greyhound bus in 2002. She won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2010.

Librarian’s Comments

Stolen is a fast paced, intriguing and gripping thriller which is full of emotion as it follows the main character Abbey Henshaw, as she struggles to find her ‘stolen’ daughter Beth after being involved in a horrific attack. The author introduces various characters as the story unfolds, creating tensions with powerful description, but is careful not to reveal the truth until the very end, therefore keeping the audience engaged and enthralled.

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