|Plot Summary of Don't Leave Me|
St. Martin's, Jan 2002, 27.95, 224 pp.
Thames Valley police Detective Superintendent Mike Yeadings feels that déjà vu has occurred when 11-year-old Julie Winterton is reported missing. Eight years ago Julie's father writer Daniel reported his wife Caroline vanished with most of their bank account. Then Sergeant Mike investigated the disappearance until Caroline later surfaced in the Canary Islands accompanied by a neighbor.
To assist on the current disappearance, Mike drafts his regular team consisting of DI Mott, Sergeant Beaumont, and Detective Sergeant Rosemary “Z” Zyczynski. They begin to make inquiries, but questions asked of the missing child's former nanny and Caroline's brother yield nothing. Unless a break occurs, this case is going nowhere and a child's life could be in danger.
The Thames Valley police unit consists of four engaging characters that readers will simply like. When the team hits one dead end after another, the police procedural story line works well as the audience wonders how the case will be resolved. However, the plot plops into the Thames River when Clare Curzon uses a different crime to lead to an implausible disclosure. Though the cast remains attractive DON'T LEAVE ME is a weaker entry in a usually dependable series.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Don't Leave Me|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
General Crime (including known murderer)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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