The Hidden Child by Rebecca Griffiths / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @rebeccagriffit7

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Connie splashed through puddles, the rain slapping her face. Everywhere was tarmac and concrete, fog and drizzle, but no sign of her child. ‘Have you seen my daughter? Please, you must’ve seen her?’ Connie’s face crumpled, preparing to cry. But there wasn’t time for tears, she told herself, she had to find her child.

Manchester, England, 1965: In an instant Connie’s life has changed. She only left her daughter Kathy alone for a moment but that was enough for her to vanish without a trace. As Connie desperately searches for her, she has to put the news reports of other missing children to the back of her mind. She is determined to find her safe. She will bring her daughter home.As local farmer Ronald listens to the news, he is shocked by what he hears. He has spent his life away from the spotlight, quietly tending to his farm. But when a young couple begin acting suspiciously on his land, he knows that trouble is about to reach his door.And then he sees her. A girl in a bright red coat who looks completely lost. Ronald knows he needs to help keep her safe and find her family. But on the wild and desolate farmland, Ronald has buried his own dark secret. Can he risk it coming to light to save her life?Inspired by a real-life true crime story

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Review

This is a story based on true facts around the crimes of serial killer Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra. I did not know it was about them in the beginning. I was very young when it happened and because I don’t live in the UK, I did not really know much about what they did.

I first read the book and afterwards I went to look them up on Google. I disliked them both in the book, but when I saw their pictures, I am very happy I never met them. The look they have in their eyes really made my shiver.

Of course the author describes their character and it’s very clear they don’t have any grain of empathy in their bodies. Maybe, that’s not quite true. Myra loves her dogs, and Ian? Well, Ian only loves himself very, very much.

Most characters in the book were not very loveable or even likeable. There was one exception though. I loved Fred. I think he was the youngest, but the most mature and most honest person.

I enjoyed the story, but sometimes it was a bit too slow paced for me with too many descriptions.  4 stars

Thank you, Rebecca Griffiths and Bookouture

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About the author

Rebecca Griffiths grew up in mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to rural mid-Wales where she lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their four black rescue cats, two pet sheep the size of sofas and writes full time. 

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Author Link

Twitter: @rebeccagriffit7

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