I’m so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for this fantastic book today. To say I was blown away by it is a huge understatement and I really recommend it!
Lost Lives is available in ebook now and in paperback on the 10th January 2019. You can purchase or pre-order your copy in the link below.
Before I share my review with you here is a little bit about the book.
SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER LIFE
When Anna arrives in the UK, she believes it’s the start of a better life for her and her daughter. But what awaits her is more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined . . .
SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER DAUGHTER
DI Harry Powell is investigating a shooting, but the victim has been scared into silence. As Harry struggles to piece together what little information he has, he stumbles upon an operation that may put countless lives across the country at risk.
SHE WAS WRONG
As Anna’s situation grows more dangerous by the day, Harry is forced to push his overstretched team to the limits to find answers. But for one of them, will it already be too late?
Wow I so enjoyed this book! It’s been a long time since I’ve raced through a book quite so quickly, heart in mouth as I followed all the action on the page.
This is a raw, haunting and quite emotional crime thriller which I wasn’t expecting. The story follows Anna as she journeys to the UK to start a new life but ends up leading a truly harrowing existence when it turns out she has fallen victim of human trafficking. The descriptions of the horrendous working and living conditions that she and her fellow workers have to deal with are incredibly gut wrenching and poignant to read about. The author doesn’t spare the readers feelings and some of the horrendous health conditions the workers now face (maggots on the balls being on that really stands out) were very stomach churning to read about.
The book is told from different points of view which I felt really added to the story as it made me realise that even Anna’s tormentors where trapped too and how far above their heads the operation ran. I even felt a tiny bit sorry for Alexa the Controller at one point, even if she is an awful women, as I realized she didn’t have much choice in her actions too.
What really stands out for me about this story and means that it will stick with me for a long time is that the events in the book are probably true. The author is an ex police officer and the thought of such things happening in the UK has really affected me. In the press release I received she says she’s always careful which car washes she uses and where she gets her chickens from. I too will be careful now!
The police investigation into the human trafficking was quite skillfully done as it was well paced and seemed very realistic. I loved the descriptions of the team and their relationships with each other was lovely to read about. I felt that I got to know them all quite personally throughout the book and found myself wishing I could work with them too.
This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I’ll definitely be reading more as Lost Lives is one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read.
Huge thanks to Becky from Simon & Schuster for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you like fast paced, gripping and emotional crime thrillers you’ll love this book. A must read!
About The Author:
Lisa Cutts is the author of two police procedural novels, based on her nineteen years of policing experience. She works as a detective constable for Kent Police and has spent ten years in the Serious Crime Directorate dealing mostly with murders and other serious investigations. She has been on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book with Mariella Frostrup, part of First Fictions festival at West Dean college, Chichester, on the inaugural panel at Brighton’s Dark and Stormy festival and the Chiswick Book Festival 2015. Her debut novel, Never Forget, won the 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for best thriller.