Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.
Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.
Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.
Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.
Wow, what a book this was. It was absolutely brimming with tension and full of so many unexpected twists and turns that I felt dizzy.
This book covers one of my worst fears, losing one of the kids in a public place and not being able to find them. Having lost Douglas for five terrifying minutes in Matalan once (I say lost but he’d actually decided to hide behind some coats) I know how scary it is and the author’s fabulous descriptions really brought the incident back to me as it was very true to what I remember.
The story goes back and forth between then (when Alice disappeared to the present day. This definitely intigued me as the present day thread seemed to hint that a lot had happened since the fete where Alice disappeared and that something dodgy had happened. As the two threads continue and start to merge together secrets start to be revealed. I found myself reading faster and faster as I desperately wanted to get to the bottom of things.
I felt very sorry for the two main female characters in the book. The guilt that Charlotte felt about losing Alice was almost tangible and I hated seeing her tearing herself up over what happened, especially when it comes to light that she was having a sneaky look at Facebook when Alice went missing (how many of us do that). The abuse she receives on the internet about it was hard to read and I felt that the police should perhaps have done more to protect her. Harriet’s grief over Alice was heartbreaking as the little girl was obviously her world. I really felt for her as such a situation must be truly terrifying.
I really didn’t like Ben, Alice’s father however. From the moment you meet him he comes across as quite a dislikeable, controlling bully who I couldn’t feel sorry for. His absolute determination to blame Charlotte for Alice’s disappearance and his behaviour towards her was shocking and made me wonder what he was hiding. At the beginning I passed it off as grief but as things get murkier and his behaviour worsens I got more angry towards him and more suspicious.
The ending was brilliant and one that I didn’t guess was coming. A fantastic way to finish this fabulous book!
This is the author’s second book and I’m very excited to read any future books by her. I will be be recommending this book to everyone as it’s a real must read. Just make sure that you have lots of time to finish the book, as once you’ve started its its to put down.
Huge thanks to Arrow Publishing for my copy of this book via Netgalley and to Rachel Kennedy for inviting me onto the blog tour.
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