Thanks to the publisher for the ebook copy in exchange for my honest review and for having me be apart of the blog tour
THE MISSING ACTIVIST – Louise Burfitt-Dons (Released June 5th, 2018)
“Intense and teasing”Vine Voice “Authentic and gripping political thriller”The Conservative Woman
Post-Referendum Britain and a country on high alert for terrorist attacks.
When a young political activist disappears in London, an off-the-wall PI Karen Andersen is put on the case. She uncovers secrets of a party system which prizes loyalty above truth, a serial killer and a female Jihadi plotting deadly revenge on the British Government.
“A behind-the-scenes twisty political thriller and bullying story of poignancy and compassion. The author has had experience of both having been a national candidate during the 2015 General Election as well as the founder of an anti-bullying charity during the scandal which rocked the Tories after the tragic death of a young activist later that year.” LBC
If you were a fan of Lisbeth Salander, you will love her British counterpart Karen Andersen.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
As I’ve said many times before, I love a great political thriller. THE MISSING ACTIVIST hits all the marks that I look for in this genre – and the best part is when it feels like this could actually happen. That added layer make the suspense and tension even greater in my opinion. This is the first book in a new series and I’m curious to see where the author will take PI Karen Andersen next.
When an activist goes missing, Private Investigator Karen Andersen is on the case to find him. We also meet Zinah who travels through London recruiting young girls to become ISIS brides. Corruption, terrorism, violence, and so much more are present throughout the book and I liked how we got to see both POV’s – from the protagonists and the antagonists. I will say that I did not expect the ending, at all! I love being shocked and not being able to guess when it comes to thrillers.
The scene is set perfectly and the author really fleshes out the characters for us. With each chapter a new layer was added to the story and new added suspense. This will be one that you find yourself flying through, those short chapters are amazing and just kept pushing me along (I’m the person that has to finish a chapter before I can set a book down and I fell victim to the “its a short chapter, just one more” mindset) Overall, I enjoyed this book and want to continue with the series, the only slight drawback for me was that there were a lot of characters and events to follow that initially I had to set my mind straight, but then I was fine! So a minor “me as a reader thing”. I highly recommend picking this one up!
About the Author:
Louise Burfitt-Dons was first introduced to the idea of writing conspiracy fiction on meeting Ian Fleming when he visited her birth country of Kuwait in 1960 and befriended her father. Fast forward forty years to her founding the children’s charity Act Against Bullying in 2000. This had her advising police on the manipulation and cover up tactics of young people, girl gangs and junior cyber stalkers. She believes these are the same devices used by political parties, spies and crooks. They form the background to her thriller stories.
Her first novel (June 5th 2018) The Missing Activist (New Century) was the first in a series starring off the wall P I Karen Andersen. The plot was inspired by her experiences as a Parliamentary candidate in the UK General Election of 2015. Sequel The Killing of the Cherrywood MP was published on March 18th 2020. She is currently working on book three in the Karen Andersen series.
Louise is also a screenwriter who has worked with producers in the UK and the US. Recent films screened on TV include Mother of All Secrets (2018), The Ex Next Door (2019, LifeTime) and Fame at a Deadly Cost (LifeTime 2020). Not all her work has a dark tone. She loves British comedy and wrote the rom-com Christmas in the Highlands (2019) for Triventure Productions which has also made it on to the international television circuits.
She now lives in Chiswick, West London with her ex-pilot husband Donald. She has two grown up daughters and a seven-month year old granddaughter Dempsie Lee Williams.
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/louiseburfittdons/