Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “A Child Lost” by Michelle Cox, She Writes Press, April 29, 2020, for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Michelle Cox, author “A Child Lost” has written an intriguing, intense, captivating and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this novel are Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, with a touch of Historical Events. The timeline for this story is in the 1930s in Chicago. The author describes her dramatic cast of characters as complex and complicated.
This is one of the series of books in “A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel” and although this can be read as a stand-alone, it would be better to read the other books in the sequence they were written. Henrietta’s husband hoping to get his wife busy and out of a depression asks for a case to solve. The case they are given has to do with a woman, who claims she can read minds, and is psychic and can communicate with the dead. This woman has a complaint from a man that insists the woman stole jewelry from his wife.
Henrietta’s sister Elsie comes to her with a problem involving a handsome man, Gunter and a little 4-year-old girl that Gunter has been watching out for. The little girl belongs to a friend of Gunter who came to Chicago to work, and Elsie and Gunter want to find the mother. The little girl can’t stay with Gunter since he has to work.
Henrietta and Clive’s search takes them to a creepy and frightening insane asylum, where strange things seem to be happening. Henrietta and Clive have a strange feeling that something is very wrong at this place.
This is a story with twists and turns, betrayals, danger, and strange occurrences. There are parts of this story that are very edgy and intense. There are also quirky people and intricate clues.
I appreciate that the author describes the difference in class, between wealth and poverty, the way that ill people were treated in the 1930s, and the importance of family, friendship, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking story and look forward to Michelle Cox’s next adventure.