Daddy's GirlMargie Orford
1 June 2012
Published by Corvus
She tells herself an hour is not so long to wait, and steps outside. The street is empty. Then she hears the car.
Police Captain Riedwaan Faizal has just been told that his six-year-old daughter has been abducted. He’s desperate to start looking for her. But the squad believe he is her kidnapper.
She keeps still. That saves you if you are in danger. Her daddy says so.
Suspended from the force, Faizal watches helplessly as the search for his child is called off. Frantic, he turns to investigative journalist Dr Clare Hart.
She tries to feel her surroundings. If she knows where she is, her daddy can find her.
Clare knows that mounting a search without the police will be dangerous, and illegal. She knows that the odds of the child’s survival worsens with every minute that passes. But she also knows she’ll do anything to help this desperate father – even if it puts all their lives at risk.
For now, she would listen to the quiet. The dark can last a long, long time…
Margie Orford is world-class. This is crime writing at its very best.
Orford plots so brilliantly that to stop reading is as harrowing as to carry on.
Tautly told, pacy and direct