As I clutched baby Chloe’s blanket, tears streamed down my face as I remembered what happened the night she disappeared. Looking up at the apartment block I once called home, my mind was crowded with memories. David’s words echoed in my head, telling me to get out and never come back. I understood why: our mistake had ruined everything.When I accepted a job working as a nanny for David and Julie and their young children, I was excited to be making my own way in the world. I bonded with baby Chloe instantly and would have done anything for her. She had David’s thick, dark hair and smiling eyes. I fell in love with her and was excited for my future.But when a terrible mistake led to Chloe disappearing, I was instantly blamed. With no evidence, I was let go and I returned home to rebuild my life.Twenty years later and I am still haunted by what happened. I have a family of my own now and I’ve worked hard to be the best wife and mother I can be, but I’ve never forgotten the child who stole my heart.Then a young woman arrives on my doorstep and the past secret that I have kept from my family comes hurtling into my present.I try to tell myself that I am overreacting. But the woman in front of me looks so much like David. Who is she and why is she here? And if I welcome her in, will she want to be a part of my life, or destroy it?
What is a good book? That is different for everyone. Let me tell you what does it for me.
First of all the subject, of course. If it’s too technical or too political you often lose me, so that’s a no no for me.
Then there is the writing style. You can have created a book with the most interesting content possible, but when it’s not fluently written, you will not keep your audience captivated.
Third thing is the point of view. I don’t mind the use of the first person, but I do find it easier to read when it’s in the third person.
The characters. They can be bad, of course. Without bad people there are no thrillers or crime stories. In my opinion they need a reason to be the way they are and not just be annoying and thus getting on my nerves.
I like dialogues and not too many descriptions. For me it slows the pace down and that’s what I don’t want in a thriller.
Last but not least, the plot. If the plot is not correct, the book is a waste of paper. I love It when the author adds twits and turns. I like it when they are sneaky. They convince you that you have figured it out, and than BAM. They hit you with another twist. Love it.
This book had everything I enjoy in it. This is one of the examples of what I consider a good book. In fact I am not doing it justice. This simply was an excellent book.
It felt like I was not reading a book. It was more like the characters were talking to me. I was not reading about Thailand. I was in Thailand. I was not reading about Hayley’s family. I was one of them.
Did I already say it was an amazing book? 😉 I was able to figure out one thing, but boy oh boy, there was still a lot I could not have predicted. 5 stars
About the author
Ruth Heald is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers THE WEDDING, I KNOW YOUR SECRET, THE MOTHER’S MISTAKE and THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, and the relationship drama 27: SIX FRIENDS, ONE YEAR.
Ruth studied Economics at Oxford University and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting. She worked at the BBC for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with two children and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.