The Suffering of Strangers

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This is book 9 in the Anderson & Costello series, I have not read any of the others and can say from reading this one that it can be read as a standalone. There are a lot of characters in this book and lots of POV but you need those for this story. 
This book kept me captured from the opening scenes. I do like a good crime mystery, the investigation of it and the solving; it makes your own brain tick!
 I like both Anderson and Costello’s characters, they were well developed. Since reading this I have began the series from book 1.
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I wish I had previously read the other books in this series because perhaps I wouldn’t feel so confused and behind. I liked this book despite my above statement however I feel you should probably read some of the previous books before tackling this one. The back and forth shifting of point of view-sometimes seemingly mid-paragraph was a little off putting but I got used to it. Also most plot threads were wrapped up in the end-not all-but most. It definitely feels as if the storyline will carry on in the next of the series. The setting and the cast of characters in the legal team are very interesting and I feel that I would like to know more about them. The plot is very imaginative and completely different from any other I have encountered being about a couple with a baby selling business who identify young pregnant girls who want to earn money to have their babies and in exchange give them to women who can’t get pregnant. Thank you to #netgalley for the opportunity to read #thesufferingofstrangers in exchange for a review.
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This was a really good story, and I am glad to have a new series to catch up on.
When a healthy baby is stolen and a replaced with another, DI Costello stumbles on a baby selling organisation
I enjoyed the characters in this book and will be reading the rest in the series..
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Set in Glasgow, this is the ninth book in the series featuring police detective team of DI Costello and DCI Colin Anderson. The team was forced to split up when DCI Anderson, who is suffering from PTSD, was put on cold case files while Costello was placed in the domestic violence unit.

DI Costello is called in to investigate a kidnapping that took place in just minutes when the mother of a six-week-old infant ran into the village store for wine. The car was found up the street with the baby still strapped inside. At first it looks like a cruel joke, until the mother realizes that the baby inside is not her son. Her son Sholto has been replaced with a Down syndrome baby.

Soon after, Costello is called in on another baby gone missing case and this time the mother does a bunk while talking to child services. Are the two cases related?

Anderson is working on a rape case that takes him back to his own past. He knew Sally Logan when they were at university together. She was attacked and raped during that time and her attacker was never found.

I had a difficult time getting into this story at first. I'm so glad I stuck with it because suddenly I couldn't put it down and I'm wishing that I had started with book one so I could see what these characters have been through in the past. I'll go directly to read book one now. I'm happy to have found an interesting new series.
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When an exhausted new mum leaves her sleeping six-week-old baby in the car while she nips into the shop she is horrified to discover that her car and baby are gone when she gets back just a few minutes later. She is flooded with relief when a call comes in to say the car has been spotted just a couple of streets away. When she got there the baby isn't hers. This baby has downs syndrome.
Although this is the 9th book in the series I seemed to pick out the core story without any problems, although there was a huge number of characters in the book. It is recommended though to read the series in order to fully understand all the subplots that keep coming up from other cases.
I really took to Costella and Anderson, two Scottish detectives that are at the beginning of the story working on different cases from different timelines but they keep coming together like a pair of magnets.  This police procedural ticks all the right boxes connects all the dots and opens up something much bigger than either of them could have dreamed up.
Brilliant characters, super location, and a fabulous plot.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
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Another Costello mystery of dangerous case. This one involves a baby swap. A page turner for sure. There is more to this story than you think...so that makes you want to keep flipping those pages.
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This is a really quick read, I was able to complete it in one day. This is the 9th book in a series, but the first one I have actually read. The story picks up when a 6 week old baby boy is abducted from a vehicle while mom is inside a small gas station picking up a bottle of wine. The story gets weird when it comes to light that the abducted baby has been swapped for a Down syndrome baby about the same age. Costello, a ballsy female detective is assigned to the case. Believing the baby was targeted, Costello starts by tearing apart the lives of both parents of the missing baby. When little to no leads come up using the DNA of the Down syndrome baby, Costello starts to believe that the baby may have been involved in an underground ring of high stakes baby sales, and that due his defect he was deposed for a healthy infant. The race is on to find the missing baby before he is sold off and never found again. This is. Fast paced, high energy read. While I wasn’t too familiar with any of these characters from previous novels, it didn’t really have an impact on the enjoyment of this novel. The only thing that threw me off at times was there are a lot of small part characters in this story and sometimes I lost track of exactly who was who, but generally I got the point. The story ends with some unforseen twists. A worthwhile read. Novel supplied by Netgalley.
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Child abduction, sexual assault, family relationships, old friend reunions, this book has it all. Set in a modern day Glasgow with referral to underground passages of old, I really enjoyed this book. Never a dull moment and I now intend to look for more from this author!
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I almost didn't read this one when I discovered that it was book nine in a series... I've complained before about how Publishers seem to hide the fact that a book falls within a well-established series when placed on here, and I will make that complaint again. I definitely did feel like I was behind the 8-ball on a number of relationships and backstories in this one. 

I hate that. It's a discredit to the author and the series to have a book evaluated as a standalone when it's not. If this was a stand-alone I'd be complaining about the lack of context and explanation for so many of the characters actions and relationships. Once I learned it was a book that fell so solidly within a well-established series, I cut the author some slack for that. But it means I have to give it 4 stars instead of 5 even though I really liked it, because I don't know if the missing bits were intentional or based on my lack of series context.

That said, there is a wholly engrossing mystery in this one that does stand on its own, and I absolutely loved the book for that. I am eager to go back and read the other books in the series now, and will do that when I find myself with enough time to take on 8 books in a row lol... Until then, rest assured that you can read this one on its own, but I strongly suspect you would find yourself, as I did, feeling like you were missing a lot of connections and depths. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more from Anderson and Costello... Especially with the way this one ended!
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This book was the hardest for me to read. The beginning of it dragged, I think some was just a filler because it really had nothing to do with what the story was about and the end just left me with a whole lot of questions. I was really interested in the book from the description of the book, a baby had been stolen and replaced with another baby with Downs Syndrome that’s something I have never read a mystery book with anything close to that happening it’s usually a baby is stolen. At one point they are suspicious of the dad but then he isn’t mentioned again for a long stretch of the book. I hate to say this but I would not recommend this book. Sorry ☹️
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The moment I read the details, I knew this was something that I really wanted to read. The story itself is well executed and the characters are interesting and full of life. Brilliantly written and full of twists and turns.
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I wanted to like this book but honestly by chapter 2 there were already WAY to many characters and the transitions between each narrative were choppy and did not flow well. With all the characters and transitions its very hard to get into this story and to follow it smoothly. The story line was ok but literally half the players should have been removed to focus on the basic story line. I struggled to finish this book, because there were so many characters i didnt connect with a single one. Also for any Canadian/US readers. There are a lot of words that are slang used in the UK , most UK books i have no trouble with but this one there were a few wtf moments.
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Anderson and Costello are working in separate units investigating cold cases and domestic abuse respectively. I am new to this series so it took a while to get my head round who they all were. I imagine it would make a lot more sense to start at the beginning and read them in order; the good news is I have a whole new series to look forward to. I loved the Glasgow setting but the subject matter is not for the faint-hearted. Caro Ramsey skillfully juggles multiple storylines until it becomes clear that Anderson and Costello’s cases are linked, and the clock is ticking – will they find the missing baby before it is too late? I really enjoyed The Suffering of Strangers, it kept me hooked right to the end and I look forward to reading the series from the beginning.
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So, I'm definitely late to the party with this one and it showed. The story itself is both interesting and complex: a baby is abducted and another left in it's place, women are missing and there is an unsolved rape case all mixed into the plot. Well written and with gritty characters, I was ready to love this book. Sadly though, I just struggled to keep up and follow it.

Since reading it, I have found out that this is actually book nine in the DI Costello and DCI Anderson series and The Suffering of Strangers brings with it a lot of that history. Both regards to plot and relationships. If you've read others in the series I have no doubt that this will be another great read for you, however most of it was lost on me and it never quite fully captured my attention.
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Apparently I’m very late to the Caro Ramsay party. This is book #9 in the Anderson & Costello series. Where have I been hiding? Police procedurals set in Scotland, these are crime thrillers that I’m sorry I’ve missed. If you have missed them as well, never fear, you can start at any time with this one. You don’t need to have read the previous books.

Roberta is an exhausted mother driving her 6 week old son around in the car to try to get him to stop screaming. Just as soon as he quiets, her husband calls to tell her to stop at the store and pick up some champagne. Should she just run in quickly and grab a bottle? Why not. She parks within view of the store’s window and pops in. Even though both she and the shopkeeper are keeping watch, by the time Roberta hops back in the vehicle, her baby Sholto is gone and in his place is a different baby. So the story begins.

This is a twisting and turning character laden story. Yes, there are a lot of characters to keep track of, but each one is unique in its own way. I didn’t struggle after the first couple of chapters (even being new to the series.) The story is well written, a number of crimes and bad behavior take place. There are also references that seem to lead to both previous and future tales. While I’ve missed out on Caro Ramsay’s previous books, I know that there are plenty to catch up with. 

Highly recommend if you’re a fan of mystery, suspense & crime.
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I really had a tough time getting through this book.  I didn't understand the characters or a lot of their language.  Perhaps it was because, as I learned, this was part of a series, and they had been more  clearly defined in previous stories.  And it was very British, which made for slow reading for me.  I had heard good things about this author and was eager to read her, but I don't believe I'll pick up anything else she's written.
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I really wish I had read other books in this series prior to reading this one.  Took me probably 30% to get into and even at the end I'm not quite sure I have figured out all the characters.   Once into it, the writing is excellent and I enjoyed the back and forth going and coming.  I will look forward to reading her next book in the series.
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The book was interesting and catchy, however it did not keep me awake at night. I did struggle to follow the plot and dont think would recommend it.
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As always another great book Caro would highly recommend it. Looking forward to your next book. We'll done
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This is the first book I have read with DI Costello and DCI Anderson and I shall have to go and purchase some more as I found this one to be excellent. The story begins after a gruelling court case in which Costello was heavily involved and as she is on her way home for a well earned rest she is called to a child abduction/child swap from a car outside a delicatessen. Baby Sholto a perfect baby in all respects is taken from the back of the car and replaced with a baby with Down's syndrome later named Moses by the child protection team. As the investigation progresses Costello attends a meeting with the head of Social Services to discuss other cases where children have been abducted which leads them to think that they could all be connected in a baby brokering ring. Meanwhile her ex boss DCI Anderson is in charge of the Cold Case Unit and is looking at old rape cases to see if they can be linked and if any DNA not able to be processed at the time can now be carried out with the advances in DNA testing, he is also asked to find a poster girl for Police Scotland to use in a campaign about rape. As the case progresses both cases seem to merge and the old team are brought together to bring it to a conclusion.
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