Light Shining in the Forest by Paul Torday
Review by Amanda Donovan
“Every five minutes a child goes missing in the U.K.” Light Shining in the Forest is about the search for three missing children. This gripping, dark read will stay with you for a long time after you have read the last line. It is sinister, supernatural and spiritual all at once.
It begins with an excellent description of the Kielder forest that sets the scene and the atmosphere for the reader. Paul Torday’s descriptions are beautiful and his characters are well rounded.
Geordie works in forestry, but he is tired and uneasy. His mind is not on work because Theo his stepson has gone missing. Geordie has frightening waking dreams that unsettle him.
Norman Stokoe, the newly appointed Children’s Czar has been lost in the system due to a government reshuffle. He is highly paid, but has nothing to do. Will, a journalist, has a strong drive to find a big story that will let him escape from his dull job at the local paper. Two more children go missing. The police are not interested, and their records say the children are runaways. Norman, his PA and Will form a team to find the missing children, and discover sickening clues that lead to a terrifying climax.
Light Shining in the Forest is a haunting crime story with a difference. I could not put it down. Highly recommended, but not for the faint hearted.