Cut to the Bone, Alex Caan

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Cut to the Bone, Alex Caan
Author: Alex Caan
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Pages: 432
Format: DRC
ISBN-13: 9781785770494
Publisher: eBook
Cut to the Bone

3 stars

Ruby is a vlogger, a rising star of YouTube and a heroine to millions of teenage girls. And she's missing. She's an adult - nothing to worry about, surely? Until the video's uploaded. Ruby, in the dirt and pleading for her life.
Who better to head up the investigation than the Met's rising star, Detective Inspector Kate Riley? She's leading a shiny new team, high-powered, mostly female and with the best resources money can buy. It's time for them to prove what they can do. Alongside her, Detective Superintendent Zain Harris - poster boy for multiracial policing and the team's newest member - has his own unique contribution to make. But can Kate wholly trust him and when he's around, can she trust herself?
Ruby's millions of fans are hysterical about what may have happened to her. The press is having a field day and as the investigation hurtles out of control in the glare of publicity, it becomes clear that the world of YouTube vloggers and social media is much, much darker than anyone could have imagined in their worst nightmares.

The story is captivating but messy.
It was unclear to me why the special police team with such extra power was created. Specially when they start to solve a possible kidnapping and murder. Though Ruby is pretty high profile I do feel that England is having an adequate enough force of investigators to do that kind of work. Taking that concept out of the story made that it was an interesting team of investigators trying to solve a crime. Both Kate and Zain have been trough a rough time before they came to this force. Hinted much in the beginning the revelations about what happened to them slowly start to be revealed. The fact that much was hinted without knowing what had happened disturbed the flow of the story. I did like Zain a lot. He is bold and works hard to make things right. Kate is a bit more complicated to catch up with. I was not always sure what to do with her.
The investigation is very focused on unravelling the internet and things happening there. Recover lost data from bits and bites. I know a bit about that but I can imagine for people with less knowledge might be overwhelmed with the technical talk. The other investigation part were a couple of interviews with people of interest but not all the puzzle pieces were given making it difficult to try and solve the mystery. Another part of the investigation was the jumping on suspects. They focus on one situation and made that work only to find something that made it impossible and jumping to the next. It was difficult to accept the end as a plausible story.
Still there was something going on that kept me reading. I did want to know what happened.
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