A good dose of obsession fuels thriller

Captured, by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster, RRP $39):

With a diagnosis of malignant brain cancer and just a few weeks to live, Kenny Drummond thinks back over his life and decides to put things right with the people he believes he has let down over the years.

His main focus goes back 30 years, to his childhood best friend Callie Barton, who showed him kindness when others didn’t.

He discovers Callie is missing and believes there’s something dodgy about her husband.

With limited time and growing anger, Kenny sets out to find out what really happened to Callie, no matter what it takes.

The story starts off quite gently but soon gets the action under way with a good dose of obsession.

I was a late arrival on the Neil Cross fan bandwagon, not discovering his creepy genius until last year, when I picked up Burial.

Yes, I know he was head writer on series six and seven of Brit spy drama Spooks and that he had written lots of other equally good stuff over the years but somehow I missed it all.

Now living in New Zealand, Cross has an impressive way of getting under your skin.

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