Nobody's child

Nobody’s Child

Hello again, I finished Victoria Jenkins‘ latest Detectives King & Lane mystery, Nobody’s Child, a couple of days ago. This is the third installment of the King/Lane series. A fourth one, A Promise to the Dead, will be out in January 2019. Having read the first two, I had high hopes for this one. And the author didn’t disappoint. The plot is full of twists and turns.


On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but Detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son.

Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many.

Just as Alex uncovers a heartbreaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even nearer than she thinks?

Alex is running out of time. Can she catch the killer before they take another life, or will they get to her first?


Nobody’s Child is a solid police procedural. It touches on issues like spousal abuse, homeless population and hate crimes. There’s a lot of characters so keeping track of them would be a good idea. Why? Because the one responsible for these crimes is among them. You’d hit brick walls, just like King, while trying to solve these crimes. Where’s the connection? Where’s the link between the victims? Could the most likely suspect be innocent?

I only hope that the author could do a better job in the handling of the killer and its ramifications in the end. There’s not much of an explanation other than in generic terms. What made King know the killer was also responsible for an earlier crime? Just a hunch?!

All in all, it’s a good one.

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