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The Suffering of Strangers: An Anderson & Costello Mystery    by Caro Ramsay order for
Suffering of Strangers
by Caro Ramsay
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Black Thorn, 2019 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Set in Glasgow, this is the ninth book in the series featuring police detective team of DI Costello and DCI Colin Anderson. The team was forced to split up when DCI Anderson, who is suffering from PTSD, was put on cold case files while Costello was placed in the domestic violence unit.

DI Costello is called in to investigate a kidnapping that took place in just minutes when the mother of a six-week-old infant ran into the village store for wine. The car was found up the street with the baby still strapped inside. At first it looks like a cruel joke, until the mother realizes that the baby inside is not her son. Her son Sholto has been replaced with a Down syndrome baby.

Soon after, Costello is called in on another baby gone missing case and this time the mother does a bunk while talking to child services. Are the two cases related?

Anderson is working on a rape case that takes him back to his own past. He knew Sally Logan when they were at university together. She was attacked and raped during that time and her attacker was never found.

I had a difficult time getting into this story at first. I'm so glad I stuck with it because suddenly I couldn't put it down and I'm wishing that I had started with book one so I could see what these characters have been through in the past. I'll go directly to read book one now. I'm happy to have found an interesting new series.

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