Book: The Collector
Author: Anne Mette Hancock
Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape media for an advanced audio copy.
The collector is the second book in the Heloise Kaldan and Eric Schafer series. I did not read the first book and I enjoyed this one as a stand-alone.
I really did not like the character of Heloise Kaldan. I do wonder if I read the first book if there would have been more backstory to get me to like her but with just this book to judge her on, I feel she is unlikable from start to finish.
The story was very interesting. A 10-year-old boy goes missing and on the trail to find the boy there are a lot of connections to link all the characters together. The book deals with a lot of heavy topics like PTSD, abuse, and alcoholism and it deals with them well.
While Heloise was extremely unlikable to me, Schafer and his wife Connie were very likable. Schafer looks after Heloise like a daughter and seems like a great person. He and his wife were really the only redeemable characters in the story.
With not liking the majority of the characters it surprised me how much I enjoyed the story. The way everything plays out had me fooled all the way to the end. I’m thinking I may check out the first in the series to see if it changes my opinion of Heloise.
Final score 4/5