Chloe: Never Forget
An off-duty detective gunned down. A dead woman. A student missing, feared dead. And now, a former policeman in search of his past. All these people, dead or alive, have one thing in common. D.I. Carl Sant must discover what it is.
A series of cold-case enquiries leads D.I. Sant and his colleagues to investigate a botched assassination plot dating back to the 1980s. The deeper they dig into the case, the more secrets are revealed, including shocking connections to the infamous National Front.
Meanwhile, the memory of former P.C. Tanner, survivor of the assassination horror, is beginning to recover. Sant must find Tanner, and find out who is behind it all – before his superiors lose their rag and more lives are lost.
To my relief this novel starts off almost immediately after the 1st one finished.
A we in the middle of the case and our DI Saint is in the middle of the investigation, he has been warned off the Drysdale Case once but that isn’t going to stop him investigating both Chloe’s disappearance as well. Something is a miss and it all seems to relate to a police case in 1980’s when two officers were shot and killed. This book also carries a heavy undertone of police corruption, who is on the good side and who corrupt. Does this book give a huge nod to Line of Duty or am I reading to much into it?
Also during this book we start to hear more from who we later find out is PC Tanner who is struggling to remember what happened on that faithful day. He also seems to fill in some of the back story of what happened that night.
Where Is this Chloe, is she still alive, did she have that meeting with Drysdale on the night in question?
Mia is still on hand to help our DI in the right direction and I’d be keen to see if she becomes a reoccurring character in future books.
One thing I did enjoy about this book is the trip back down the memory lane of Leeds, where I was a student back in 04/08. I recognised some of the places that where mentioned in this book, though I know how much Leeds has changed since my trip there last year.
I am not sure what I felt about the ending of this book. There are a couple of twists in the end (as to be expected) but you can sort of tell that the author is hoping to lead onto a third book. Though after being left disappointed at the ending of the first book and this one not having as much of a cliff hanger. I don’t particularly feel drawn to reading the next one especially it I am going to left hanging AGAIN!
A good read, that tied up the loose ends from book 1, but left me with more threads waiting to be untangled.
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Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.
Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.
His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.
He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.
All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.
Read my review of Chloe: Lost Girl