I have always enjoyed Jonathon Gash's Loveday series and learning about antiques, fakes, and rogues in the antique world. The author had a way of creating characters that were 3D, likeable and amusing. 'Finding Davey' however is a standalone novel and it's a stunner. I really couldn't put it down, it's a page turner and a heart tugger.
Again Jonathon Gash uses his
knowledge of antiques and furniture, but this time it's different. Bray
is a grandfather who works as a skilled and knowledgeable craftsman who
makes beautiful furniture and repairs antiques and makes reproductions
from the original plans. his work revolves round his grandson. When his
son takes his wife and Davey to a wonderful theme park holiday in
America Bray is left behind with Davey's dog. And in America, where
where anything can be done for money, Davey is kidnapped. It appears
there is quite an industry in kidnapping attractive children for rich
Now this is where I award five stars for the
plot and my writer's brain gasps in admiration. We don't see grandfather
Bray dashing off to America to find his grandson. He tries to help his
son and wife who are falling apart torn by guilt and grief and he plans.
And his plan is brilliant, based on the information he gets from
medical specialists on memory and what will have been done to Davey to
turn him into the couple's little boy.
There's a lot of medical
information about what is done to these kidnapped children who are
deliberately watched, approved for some rich couple, then snatched. Bray
seeks to find out how young Davey's mind will be wiped of memories and
works out a method to restore Davey's memory if he can find him. And
finding him is brilliant.
Read the book. It's a great read