Andrew Patterson is a schoolboy who has gone missing just before he was due to take his O-Level exams.
The Hartley Police find out that the rest of his class thought he was a bit of a school swot. To his teacher and parents, he was someone who should try harder.
Andrew's father is unhappy with the efforts Inspector Darblay is making. He is not afraid to make his opinions known. The trouble is it seems Andrew's parents might had driven the boy away. It is not that they are bad parents, it just that they are too demanding.
Andrew's sister does not seem to be too bothered about her brother's disappearance. She also has little time for her parents.
I did like the scene at the end when Inspector Darblay just holds her tongue back and not tell the parents that they need to buckle up their own attitudes to parenting.
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