Book Review: After She Vanished (David Dunnigan #1) by S.A. Dunphy

September 16, 2019 Book review 2 ★★★★½

David Dunnigan is a series that I’ve seen others rave about time after time. And I kept noting to myself to read it. So I’m way behind on the hype train, but I’m here now, and delighted with the journey that I’ve had with After She Vanished by Shane Dunphy. Even though I’m dizzy and slightly terrified after reading it.

Book Review: After She Vanished (David Dunnigan #1) by S.A. DunphyAfter She Vanished (David Dunnigan, #1) by S.A. Dunphy
Published by Hachette Ireland on September 19, 2017
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

He turned away for a split second. And she was gone.

Eighteen years ago David Dunnigan took his beloved six-year-old niece Beth on a shopping trip. They stopped on a crowded street to hear some buskers. She took her hand from his for a split second. And when he turned around, she was gone. 
Now Dunnigan, his life shattered, is a criminology lecturer and also works as a consultant for the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Harcourt Street, specialising in cases involving missing persons. That's how he crosses paths with Harry, a young boy living on the streets whose parents have disappeared. 
As Dunnigan finds himself drawn into the world of The Warrens, a transient place where the dark underbelly of society lives, will he be able to help Harry? And what of Beth will he find there?

!@#$ CRIME From the TBR pile Murder Mystery

My thoughts on After She Vanished

Guys, I absolutely loved this book, and literally spent the day reading it. When I was half way through, I went and bought the next book in the series, because I knew I needed to read all 3 books one after the other.

The characters grabbed my heart. David, Diane, Father Bill, Miley were such an unlikely and magnificent team. I loved how they were all outsiders, but found a family in each other. And I won’t lie, there were times when my heart broke for most of the characters in this book.

The plot is grim, and would shatter any illusions you might have that this is a fair world. But then you have characters like this that shine a little light of hope. The dark and the light made this a really gripping read for me. And the suspense held up well because I really REALLY wanted to find out what happened Beth and where she was now.

Davey works as a criminologist for the Gardai and also as a lecturer in Maynooth University. At times I found myself trying to label him, did he have Aspergers, or was it grief and guilty, that made him act as he did. After a while, I realised it didn’t matter. He was just David, and I wanted to reach in and give him a hug (much as he’d hate that.)

After She Vanished by #ShaneDunphy gripped me, terrified me and repeatedly broke my heart. But I still recommend it! #bookreview Click To Tweet

What I will note is that this book bucks the trend and doesn’t deliver a twisty curveball plot. Instead it features good guys verus bad (very bad) guys, and I loved this for a change.

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
four-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read After She Vanished?

Highly recommended if you like books that combine unique characters with a dark and tense plotline that keeps you gripped page after page. Fans of authors like Jo Spain, Liz Nugent and Harlan Coben should also enjoy.

About S.A. Dunphy

Shane Dunphy is the million-selling author of non-fiction titles relating the years he spent as a child protection worker. He is an accomplished musician and has composed soundtracks for television and radio. Dunphy is an award-winning documentary maker and he writes regularly for Independent newspapers. He also writes a series of crime novels under the pseudonym S.A. Dunphy.
Talk to Trish
Have you read this series? Did you get as addicted as I did? Or is this series on your to read list?
four-half-stars

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