Toys In The Dust
Two seven-year-old girls, Tina and Suzy, are playing in a dusty creek when a stranger appears and strikes up a conversation. He is sad that he doesn’t have a doll to play with, like the girls do, so Suzy hurries home to fetch one. When she returns, Suzy discovers both Tina and the stranger have vanished.
A short while later, traffic officer Leighton Jones, who is fighting his own demons, is driving home from the scene of a near-fatal accident. When Leighton sees a young girl race out in front of his car and vanish into the countryside, he reports the sighting. Unfortunately, his superiors, who are increasingly concerned about Leighton’s mental health, doubt the child exists.
But after Tina’s mother confirms her daughter’s disappearance, Leighton risks his job by pursuing his own investigation of the case.
Meanwhile, somewhere in the Californian countryside, a child killer is relentlessly searching for the one who got away.
Leighton has his work cut out. Can he prove his sanity and find Tina before the stranger does?
I enjoyed reading “Toys In The Dust” which is told from 3 / 4 points of view. Tina, The Stranger, Angela Tina’s mother and Detective Leighton, a traffic officer whose juggling work and a young daughter, on top of struggling with the lose of his wife and unnecessary concerns for his daughters safety.
After being taken Tina manages to escape from the strangers car and a cat and mouse game begins as the Stranger hunts Tina.
While Leighton struggles to convince his captain that he did see Tina run across the road and it wasn’t his over active imagination. He ends up conducting his own search for Tina.
The book kept me interested all the way through, and when I read another review by accident that said they were disappointed with the ending, I failed to see how they were disappointed until I read the epilogue….
I did kind of feel things should have been left up to reader’s interpretation.
A good solid read while communing to and from work.
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Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always considered a combination of decent fiction and good coffee as providing the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.
Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.
More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jones at least two more outings.
Aside from his family, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his stories.