Chloe – Lost Girl by Dan Laughey – Book Review

Chloe – Lost Girl by Dan Laughey – Book Review

Chloe Lost Girl by Dan Laughey

Chloe – Lost Girl
Carl Sant Murder Mysteries Book One

Author – Dan Laughey
Publisher – Creativia
Pages – 216
Released – 6th March 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1798897928
Format – ebook, paperback
Review by – Marcia
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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A missing student. A gunned-down detective. A woman in fear for her life. All three are connected.

Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his team get on the case. But what links the disappearance of a university student, the death of an off-duty police sergeant, and a professor reluctant to help them solve the case?

Their only clue is a sequence of numbers, etched on a misty window. Soon, both the past and the present are on a collision course with the very heart of Sant’s profession.

Racing against time, D.I. Sant must find out what’s behind the mysterious events – before the bodies start piling up.

Review new 2021

Chloe – Lost Girl is the first book in a new thriller/detective series by author Dan Laughey. The book is set in Leeds, UK and features Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his team. The book opens with a Detective Liam Dryden meeting a female informant in a rural location. After the woman had told her story Dryden left, catching a bus out of the area.

Not long into the bus journey Dryden and the other passengers on board were gunned down. The last thing that Dryden managed to do before his death was to write a series of numbers on the window that will hopefully help the police.

As well as the murders on the bus, the team was already working on the case of missing local girl, twenty-year-old student Chloe Lee. Chloe had been missing for seven weeks and leads were thin on the ground. Is it possible that the murder and Chloe missing be linked? And just who was Dryden meeting and why?

The synopsis of the book caught my eye and I knew I had to read it. It was fascinating to read and I loved how the book interweaved the two main plots. The pace was just right, feeding me enough information at the right times to keep me on my toes and adding a few red-herrings in for fun too. I also loved the chapters featuring the mystery woman.

The characters really hooked me in and DI Carl Sant was so realistic, he was tough but fair and the way his mind worked to solve cases was spot on.

By the end of the book, I was left wanting more, not in a bad way, just that I needed to carry on the story so much so that I have already downloaded book two as I need to see how it all ends.

If you enjoy a good, riveting police thriller then this is one to read. It kept me on the edge of the seat and wanting to know how everything linked together.

Book Reviewer – Marcia

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About the Author

Dan Laughey Chloe - Lost Girl

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. He now lives in nearby Guiseley.

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 lectured at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.



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14 Responses

  1. Shelley W says:

    Super review, this sounds like a great thriller. Can’t wait to see what you think of book two.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    This looks tasty

  3. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Great review. I hope that you get to the second book soon.

  4. Great review Marcia, this is the first time I have heard or seen this book and it looks and sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley as well. I’m glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  5. Kathy West says:

    Just added this to my TBR!

  6. vidya says:

    sounds like a thrilling read

  7. Thank you. It is a great thriller.

  8. I agree it really does.

  9. Thank you. Second book has been started.

  10. Thank you. Glad I’ve introduced you to a new book.

  11. Wonderful, I hope you enjoy it too.

  12. It really is a thrilling read.

  13. Tasha says:

    This is going on my TBR, It sounds fantastic. Thank you.

  14. Yay, so happy that you like the sound of it, I hope you enjoy it.