Taken to the Hills, a review by Kristin

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Taken to the Hills
By: S J Richards

Publication Date: October 3, 2023
Published By: Apple Loft Press
306 Pages

Find It On: Amazon | Goodreads

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Abductions and murder are not what ex-DCI Luke Sackville expected when he left the police after tragedy struck his family.

Luke’s return to the workplace was meant to be a soft landing but when a woman vanishes after being accused of taking bribes, he is assigned a disparate team and tasked with tracking her down.

Their search becomes more urgent when her disappearance is linked to the death of a second woman. When a third goes missing the hunt becomes a race against time. Luke’s return to work presents him with the most challenging case of his career as the murder victims mount.

Murder and intrigue are peppered with humour in this fast-paced crime thriller set in and around the beautiful city of Bath in the southwest of England.


What a great investigative thriller. Getting into the story, you’re immediately in it. There is no fluff or background at the beginning in order to set it up. You do get the explanations that you need throughout the book, but I appreciate being dropped right into the plot.

The team that comes together to figure out what was happening within the company, and the numerous disappearances, is a team that you can root for. Each character has their place and has a point to the plot.

When it comes to the mystery, Richards tricked me! And the thing is, I know he did it on purpose! I thought that I was SO smart (and I was slightly annoyed) that I had “figured it out” early on. Well, jokes on me because I was dead wrong!

The only reason this wasn’t a 5 star for me was because it wasn’t as fast paced for me, I had to suspend my belief a little further than I like, and because I thought the reasoning was lackluster. However, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book at all. As this will be a series I’ll be sure to read the next one!


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