Perdition’s Child by Anne Coates @Anne_Coates1 @Urbanebooks #BookReview #AuthorTakeOver

Posted June 26, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

It’s the final Hannah book, what am I going to do now?? Before I share my review, here is what the book is all about.

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Perdition’s Child by Anne Coates @Anne_Coates1 @Urbanebooks #BookReview #AuthorTakeOverPerdition's Child by Anne Coates
Series: Hannah Weybridge #4
Published by Urbane Publications on February 6 2020
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 304
Also by this author: Dancers in the Wind, Dancers in the Wind, Death's Silent Judgement, Songs of Innocence, A Tale of Two Sisters, Stage Call

Dulwich library is the scene of a baffling murder, followed swiftly by another in Manchester, the victims linked by nothing other than their Australian nationality. Police dismiss the idea of a serial killer, but journalist Hannah Weybridge isn't convinced.

She is drawn into an investigation in which more Australian men are killed as they try to trace their British families. Her research reveals past horrors and present sadness, and loss linked to children who went missing after the Second World War. Have those children returned now?

Once again Hannah finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery, a mystery complicated by the murder of Harry Peters; the brother of Lucy, one of the residents of Cardboard City she had become friendly with. It soon becomes clear Lucy is protecting secrets of her own.

What is Lucy's link to the murders and can Hannah discover the truth before the killer strikes again?

This is such a bittersweet story when you get to the end of it. Hannah does like to get involved with some hot and dangerous cases without ever meaning to, they just fall into her lap! I do feel for her!

This time Hannah is contacted by Lucy, her friend who lives in the Cardboard city, as she has found her brother dead in his flat. Hannah is the first person on most people’s lips it seems!!! Hannah helps Lucy, all the while discovering something bigger at play.

Upon visiting her local library she hears that an Australian man has died in the library but the librarian has managed to keep copies of what he was looking at. As Hannah looks further into this more bodies keep dropping and they are only Australian men!

The premise for this is a sad one, Hannah is investigating a child migration scheme, where children are “placed” into care by their families for a short while in the 1940-1960s, however, they never come home. Believed to be dead in some cases, we learn that they are shipped off to Australia. I haven’t googled this as I think it would upset me too much because what a terrible situation to have been in. Hannah is a true champion for the people, she always has her heart in the right place and before a story. Although, she does not let go of a story once she has a grip of it!

Hannah has a personal tragedy near the beginning of the book, and you can see this shadow her throughout the case. She is not the spritely girl we have come to know and love, she is a bit withdrawn, people are coming and going in this book and no one person is her main person. Everyone seems to be in the background this time as, I said before, we focus on Hannah. Even the storyline, which was heartbreaking, took a back seat, I was caring more for Hannah and her well being.

I can’t believe this is the last Hannah book for a while, I actually will miss her and Anne’s writing. These books may be over 300 pages long but they never feel like it! They feel more like novellas because they are over before I realise it! This has always been Hannah’s story, Tom and Claudia appear but it’s all Hannah and her investigator work as a reporter. Always a step ahead of the police but with her relationship with them, they work together. But will Hannah be safe this time?

Still loving that we are in the 90s, dialling up the Internet, unplugging the phone line to plug in the fax machine, everything people take for granted these days. I love how this does add to the isolation of things and just shows you how inaccessible people were! This can hinder things completely!

This could be read as a stand-alone but things are alluded to from the previous books and I don’t feel like you would get the full picture of the characters and the history if you don’t read the other 3. Plus, you need to knows Hannah’s story it is worthwhile knowing for sure!

It is another pacey and thrilling book and I don’t think this series is showing signs of slowing down but I do hope Hannah gets a bit of a break in the south of France sunning it up!

Until next time xxx

Click the picture to see what Hannah has been upto this time.

About Anne Coates

I love reading and the type of fiction I write is what I like to read. So my very short stories are often tales with a twist and the longer ones explore relationships – often within a family. Most of these stories were published first in Bella, Candis and other magazines and now appear in two collections published by Endeavour Press.

My debut thriller, “Dancers in the Wind”, was published by Urbane Publications in October 2016. This book is a result of an interview I did for a national newspaper and afterwards I thought “What if…” and so Hannah Weybridge came into existence and she continues her life in “Death’s Silent Judgement” published in May 2017 and “Songs of Innocence” (May 2018) again by Urbane Publications. The fourth book in the series, “Perdition’s Child” will be published in March 2020. You can find out more about my writing at

Journalism has led me into diverse fields from human interest stories to health and beauty to travel and parenting and so just over seven years ago I founded the website: writing about what inspires (or upsets) me and hosting articles and reviews by other writers and parents. This led to two parenting guides again published by Endeavour Press.

Before that I had written three books (two for Wayland) including “Your Only Child” (Bloomsbury) plus two books about applying to and surviving university published by Need to Know.

I live in SE London with three demanding cats and enjoy going to the theatre and cinema and socialising with friends. You can find out more about the parenting website on twitter @ParentingWT or more about what I am up to @Anne_Coates1

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