A huge thanks to the author A. A. Chaudhuri and Danielle @_DanielleLouis_ for organising this tour and @a_hogston and Isis Audio for aa audio copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.
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.
After reading The Scribe earlier this year I was delighted to be invited to join the tour for The Abduction. I loved the brilliant combination and tension of Kramer and Carver in the previous book so I was pleased to see they were getting another outing in an equally thrilling new story.
When a group of masked men infiltrate the law firm where Maddy Kramer works and take a number of selected hostages. DCI Carver takes control of the case and the sizzling sexual tensions between the two are still very evident. The race is on to figure out why those specific hostages were taken and what the kidnappers want.
A. A. Chaudhuri writes cleverly constructed and thought-out criminal masterminds who are terrifyingly deceitful but often fit into everyday life naturally. I have to say that in the beginning I had firmly taken a stance with one side (I’m not saying which) but by goodness it changed. The more I became to know certain characters the more I lost empathy for them and realised there was a lot more than meets the eye. This is predominantly a tale of revenge however the deeper I got into the plot and characters, the more it became about greed, power over others, manipulation and success and it’s really hard to know who the bad guys are.
The Abduction is a brilliant example of British crime thriller writing at its best. It has the aspects of a police procedural and crime thriller and is crammed full of action and clever plot writing keeping the reader guessing and speculating the whole time whilst weaving a well plotted and developed story line. I loved how the plot twisted and turned, providing many surprises along the way. The plot is dark and definitely not for the feint hearted. It explores so many societal issues and really makes for some introspection.
In addition to the intricate plot, the individual character development of Kramer and Carver continues as well as their developing relationship. This guarantees the reader a fully rounded experience. I also enjoyed the arc of some other characters including Charlotte and Pamela.
The narration is superb. I loved Dave Thorpe’s voice and found it really gentle on the ears. This novel has many characters and I was always able to identify who was speaking form the tone and vocal performance.
I’m really hoping there are more Kramer and Carver stories to come as I’m not ready to leave them behind yet.
Author and Narrator Bios
A.A. Chaudhuri is a former City lawyer. Born and raised on the south coast, she now lives in Surrey with her family.
Once a highly ranked British junior tennis player, she toured the women’s professional satellite circuit as a teenager, and achieved a world ranking of 650. After returning to full-time education, she gained three As in A-Level History, English Literature and Theology, a BA Honours 2:1 in History at University College London, and a commendation in both the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the London College of Law.
She trained as a solicitor at City firm Norton Rose, before going on to practise as a commercial litigator at two other City firms, Kendall Freeman and Travers Smith. She left law in 2008 to pursue her passion for writing. She also passed the NCTJ fast-track newspaper journalism course in 2010, in respect of which she was awarded The Oxford University Press Public Affairs Award for the most outstanding public affairs central government paper.
The Scribe and The Abduction were published by Lume Books (formerly Endeavour Media) in July and December 2019. Both books have hit the bestsellers lists in the UK, Australia and Canada, with bestseller tags in Australia and Canada. They will also be published as audio books by Isis Audio in January and March 2021, read by David Thorpe. She currently has four other standalone crime novels in the pipeline.
She has previously self-published two women’s fiction novels under the name Alexandra Sage: Love & Limoncello and the sequel Love & Loss. Love & Limoncello has sold more than ten thousand copies to date, reaching number 53 in the Amazon Kindle Bestsellers List in October 2014.
She also contributed a short story, The Encounter, to LUME Books’ crime anthology Given in Evidence published in May 2020, and written many articles and short stories for The Crime Writers’ Association.
David Thorpe was born in Sheffield, grew up on the Isle of Wight, and has lived in London (mostly East) all his adult life. He has appeared in numerous plays in rep and on tour, most recently as The Fool in a production of King Lear directed by Jonathan Miller. Twice a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, he has been heard in over a hundred radio plays and narrated over 400 audiobooks. David has also conceived and performed in two one-man shows: Confessions of a Toytown Revolutionary and This Way Up!