Book Review: The Abduction by A.A. Chaudhuri

Christmas time, the perfect time for an abduction story, right?

Goodreads Blurb

The Abduction by A.A. Chaudhuri

Kramer and Carver are back…

Madeline Kramer has finally got her life back on track at top City law firm Sullivan, Blake, Monroe. But when two armed, masked men burst into a conference room one lunchtime, kidnapping inept trainee, Charlotte Dempsey, and popular head of litigation, Richard Barker, Maddy’s life is plunged into disarray once more—particularly when charismatic DCI Jake Carver, who caught a heartless killer when they last met and with whom Maddy shared a mutual chemistry, is called to the scene.

Things become more complicated when a disturbing video reveals two more trainees, Matthew Gerard and Stephen Baines, have been taken. What initially appears as a random kidnapping for mercenary gain soon evolves into something far more complex, the horrifying events of thirty years ago motivating the abductors and having colossal implications for those in the present…

Against a backdrop of sleaze, sex, lies and murder in The Abduction, Maddy and Carver must work together to unravel the truth, and ensure that no crimes—past or present—are left unpunished.

The Abduction Book Cover


The Scribe was one of the best thrillers I read this year so I was very excited to be invited on The Abduction book tour.

The Scribe and The Abduction are two books that are very similar and different at the same time. For one, Kramer and Carver are back, bringing a sense of familiarity to the book. Plus, their personal relationships provide an interesting sideline. The book is also very well written with twists and turns that you won’t see coming. However, that is where the similarities end.

You will be very glad to know that Chaudhuri didn’t use the same old tricks that made the first book successful. For one, The Abduction is a lot less gruesome than The Scribe (something some of you might be grateful for). It is also a very different story. The Abduction is a kidnapping rather than a murder mystery. I wasn’t sure if this was the type of story that would hold me as they can often be dragged out but I was constantly on edge regarding who did it.  It was yet another Chaudhuri book that started out strong and kept the pace right down to the very last sentence.

It was also interesting to see the different family dynamics. Each of the kidnapping victims shared very different relationships with their families. I was unsure the point of all this at the start but all I can say is don’t dismiss any minor detail in this book.

Now I’m finished The Abduction all I can say is that I can’t wait for the next A.A. Chaudhuri book!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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