Unquiet Souls – Liz Mistry

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What is the link between the abduction of a little girl and a dead prostitute?

When the body of a prostitute is found, followed by the discovery of children locked in an attic, DI Gus McGuire is handed the case. But what at first appears to be a simple murder soon turns into an international manhunt for the members of a twisted child trafficking ring.

McGuire who is suffering with his own emotional problems, must pick his way through the web of deceit and uncover the truth in time before the body count rises.

Can McGuire identify The Matchmaker before it’s too late? And can he trust those he is working with?

Unquiet Souls is the first book in a dark and compelling new police series.

My Review

What a fantastic story which is full of twists and turns whilst being sensitively written about an absolute horrendous subject!

Unquiet Souls very quickly introduces the reader to 3 distinct but linked time periods, firstly opening in 1998, this book throws the reader straight into the action with the immediate aftermath of a violent act which shapes the future for ‘The Matchmaker’, introducing the concept of an unquiet soul. In the present day, DI Angus McGuire (Gus) is desperate to get back to work after a traumatic event 6 months previous but has to convince the psychiatrist that he is mentally ready. Finally, in 2003 with the activities of the Matchmaker, the Facilitator, the Provider and their clients. From this point, the narrative changes between the different time periods however this is seamless and easy to follow.

As I alluded to at the start, this book is not for the fainthearted as Gus is thrown into a difficult investigation which is child trafficking from Eastern Europe for a paedophile ring in the UK. It is difficult reading at times, not only because of the subject, but also because this sadly happens around the world. Mistry handles this very well because the narrative is not needlessly explicit or graphic, instead she uses the inference of what is happening to full effect.

What is great about this book is the back stories in 1998 and 2003 as the reader is privy to information that Gus and his team aren’t at times, or it gives the inference as to what is to come. Some of the characters feature in the other years which demonstrates both their career development and also their attachment to the case and getting justice not only for the children they find in the attic in 2015, but also the missing children from previous years.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a difficult and brave subject to tackle but Mistry does it exceptionally well with narrative that flows despite changes in time periods and with wonderful characters who come alive from the page. I loved the relationship that Gus has with his Pathologist father, Dr Fergus McGuire as well as DS Alice Cooper. There is a great rapport across the team which is built upon respect and looking out for one another.

Unquiet Souls is the first in a new crime series centred around Gus and his team, it’s amazing to think that this is Mistry’s debut – it is well written with twists and turns, absolute page turner! I struggled to actually put it down once I started and look forward to more investigations from Gus.

Thank you to THE Book Club on Facebook, the author and publisher for my copy of Unquiet Souls.

About Liz Mistry

I am a crime writer based in Bradford but originally from West Calder in Scotland. I studied at Stirling University and taught in Bradford inner-city Primary schools for many years. I write gritty crime fiction drawing on the richness of Bradford’s diverse cultures and my writing is heavily influenced by Tartan Noir writers such as, Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. I have nearly completed my MA in Creative Writing at the brilliant Leeds Trinity University. Unquiet Souls is my debut novel and I look forward to writing many more featuring my main character DI Gus (Angus) McGuire and his team.

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