I’m a sucker for origin stories, ever if I’ve never read any of the books in the series.
Such is the case with Cry Baby, listed as Tom Thorne #17, but which is essentially book zero.
The year is 1996, before everyone had the equivalent of a supercomputer in their pocket. Two boys go into the woods, but only one returns. Thorne is assigned to investigate the disappearance of the boy, but with no information at all to go on. He’s also navigating the ruins of his marriage, which comes with the additional baggage of his estranged wife’s boyfriend.
Another couple of deaths – people known and connected to the families of the two boys – ups the ante, and we discover that some people involved are not giving up a;; the information as to what they know.
It’s a taut story. The only misfire for me is a motive that is sadly not as well defined as the rest of the book.
A solid four out of five stars.
Thanks to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for the review copy.