Title: Looking for Alice
Author: Luna Miller (complimentary copy from the author)
# of pages: 309
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Expected date of publication: 3rd March 2020
Guvnor Ström’s first love was her profession. She used to be a surgeon. With time and age, she takes the toughest decision of her life. She left the surgery for good. Instead, she uses her sharp mind and time to help society at large. She becomes a private investigator. Just when she was planning to visit her boyfriend in Gran Canaria, she gets a case. What starts as a simple case of finding out the reason for the weird behaviour of Nadja’s husband, Mikael, soon becomes a case of absolute darkness.
Guvnor’s portrayed as a resilient woman. She’s physically fit despite her age-related health issues. Life has thrown many curveballs at her, but she has always turned them around for better. She becomes resourceful when needs arise. She hires two teenagers for that purpose. Elin and David are two teenagers living nearby and have a serious need for a role model in their life. When she takes them up as an assistant, she soon fills up the spot.
Elin and David’s personality grows as the chapter progresses. You see them moving from one side of the scale to the other by the end of the book.
The book starts with introducing Guvnor, giving a 360-degree background of Guvnor. The story moves through a gradual pace and doesn’t rush through any of the scenes. There’s an air of mystery and suspense throughout the book. There’s also an element of creepiness (few chapters are from stalker’s point of view).
The ending is rather predictable, but the thrill and the action keep you hooked until the very end.
That brings me two things I would have preferred it another way. First, the romance between the two characters was not required. Another one, a little more detail about the Franzens.
Overall, Looking for Alice is dark, enthralling detective series with confident and driven characters. I recommend keeping your eyes peeled for this one, which is book one in the series of many.
My rating is 3 stars.