Book Review: Stolen by Rebecca Muddiman

It was a book that I downloaded on my Kindle just because it was marked down. And it lay there. Forgotten. Stored away in my Kindle for rainy days when I have no real books to read.


Abby Renshaw and her baby are on their way to visit a friend who lives in the country side, when she is forced off the road, out of her car and badly assaulted. All through the horrendous experience, Abby is only concerned about her baby who was left alone in the car while the men assaulted her. When she finally manages to get to her car, she finds Beth missing. Her little baby had disappeared into thin air.

The case falls to DI Michael Gardner to investigate. As he digs deeper into the mystery, he discovers dark secrets and betrayals, some of which he himself has first hand experience of himself. But no sign of Beth.

Years pass, he is no closer to finding Beth, and then he finds himself handed another case of a missing child, which brings back focus into this case which he could never solve. Just then some clues surface, but can Gardner go off on what might be a wild goose chase, so many years after this incident? He also has his reputation to stake, and that might get further tarnished if he is unable to solve the current case he was supposed to solve. He is already known as the cop who couldn’t solve his cases. But Abby Renshaw is a hard woman to refuse.

Despite the fact that police got nowhere in their search for her daughter, Abby hasn’t given up. She has been searching for her daughter constantly. Her life revolves around Beth, or rather trying to find Beth. Her marriage has since broken down, and all she really wants is to find her little girl. She keeps seeing girls who looked like Beth, much to Gardner’s exasperation. Could her instincts finally be right? Are they closer to finding Beth, finally?

A very well written, psychological thriller, that keeps you at the end of your seat. Fast paced and an absolute page-turner, it had my engrossed. The author keeps the suspense going until the very end. The reveal at the end was even shocking and totally unexpected, at least for me. The characters are well thought out, you relate to them, feel their pain, go through their emotions. I was surprised to read that this was the author’s debut book, I know I would definitely be looking out for more.

A book that I would definitely recommend if you like thrillers. It was one of the best I’ve read in recent times. 4/5.

About the Author
Rebecca was born and raised in Redcar where she still lives. She has a degree in Film and Media and an MA in Creative Writing. She has lived and worked in Holland and London, and travelled across America on a Greyhound bus in 2002. She won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2010.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Stolen by Rebecca Muddiman

  1. Hey Smitha! I just started reading Erica Bauermeister’s The Monday Night Cooking School. I am just one chapter into the book, but already fascinated by it. I am loving the way it is going. Thought you’d love it too. 🙂

    Not sure if you’ve already read the book, though.


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