Childhunt (The Diana Rivers Mysteries, #5) by Faith Mortimer



The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).


My rating:  4.4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Two weeks before Christmas. The villagers of Agios Mamas, in Cyprus, are preparing for the season’s festivities. Without warning, terror strikes the heart of the village.
Two small children disappear…without trace…the frantic search is on.
Who has been stalking the family for the last six years and knows their every move?
Why has this family been targeted? What is the kidnappers’ ultimate goal? Will local author and amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and CID Police Chief Inspector, Adam Lovell, find the children in time?
Join Diana and her friends as they try to unravel the horrific nightmare which has hit the sleepy little village.


Genre(s):  Mystery, Suspense

Series:  The Diana Rivers Mysteries, #5

Length:  309 pages

Release Date:  2013-04-15



“I don’t know…there’s just something about her. The few times I’ve bumped into her and spoken, she’s been very polite but almost distant. It’s as if there’s something on her mind. She’s what you might call fey. I feel I want to get to know her.”


My Opinion

This book does not take Diana and her husband Steve away from their home in Agios Mamas, Cyprus. Instead, her friend Clare and former lover Adam come to Cyprus as promised when the last met in Cheltenham. Two small children vanish from the neighbourhood, triggering Diana’s inner sleuth. As a reader, I automatically tried to solve this strange case and enjoyed it – despite the shocking topic!

With Childhunt, Faith Mortimer has once again created a thrilling suspense story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions to solve the vanishing of two children and a previous hideous crime. I had a great time reading Childhunt – it is a very intriguing read with a story you don’t easily forget. I was drawn into the story right away, thrilled to solve the mystery alongside Diana. This is for you if you like female sleuths, crime writers, suspense with twists and local flair.

A suspenseful book and/or series to read again. I’m eagerly waiting for the opportunity to read the instalments I haven’t read, yet.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and educated in Singapore, Malaya and Hampshire, England. A registered nurse, then changed careers to oversee a number of travel and sport related companies. Faith is happily married and has two children. She divides her time between the south of England and Cyprus.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Faith Mortimer
Amazon (US):  buy link
Amazon (UK):  buy link


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Childhunt?  Or – if you did not yet read Childhunt  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Childhunt was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





4 thoughts on “Childhunt (The Diana Rivers Mysteries, #5) by Faith Mortimer

  1. Sounds like I would be trying to follow your sleuthing pathway and this is the kind of book I enjoy. I once wrote about daydreaming about being a privateacher eye. Beth in Ann Arbor who writes about losing her glasses thought we could be like Cagney and Lacey. Lol

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