An innocent girl is taken. The killer confesses.
But that’s not the whole story. That’s not even the beginning…
It’s 1985 and the disappearance of ten-year-old Lisa Cook shocks the nation. Her best friend, Kirsty, traumatised and fearful, gives evidence that helps to put the Cook family’s lodger behind bars.
…But what if Kirsty made a mistake?
Now, decades later, Kirsty leaves a life she loves to move back to the hometown she hates – tortured by her memories, she’s determined to finally uncover the truth about what happened to Lisa that day. But someone is waiting for her there, someone close to her family. Someone who is hoping to finish off a job that was started years ago…
My first book by this author and as I said before it always add a little bit of extra suspense because you have no idea what kind of style she has.
The book starts with a crime that is solved pretty fast. Good police work, right? Well …
And then suddenly the story makes a curve and you keep wondering where it is going to lead. Little by little you come closer to the revelation of the plot. I kept thinking ‘aha, X must be the culprit’ and a bit later ‘oh now I know! It certainly is Y!’ And finally the light blub moment : ‘It’s Z!!!’
In my opinion the structure of the story was very clever. It’s starts on a high, seemingly falls a bit flat but when you look back afterwards it was the start of a high and ends on a peak.
If you feel a bit lost in the middle, do not panic. It all happens for a reason and will be worth it in the end. The middle part only want to make you keep on reading because you want to know what the connection is.
I learned a lesson here : looks can be deceptive, very deceptive.
A very good book. 5 stars.
Thank you, Frances Vick, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
The only child of parents who worked at a top security psychiatric hospital, Frances grew up receiving disquieting notes and presents from the patients. Expelled from school, she spent the next few years on the dole, augmenting her income by providing security and crewing for gigs, and being a guinea pig for medical trials. Later jobs included working in a theatre in Manhattan, teaching English in Japanese Junior High Schools, and being a life model in Italy, before coming back to London and working with homeless teenagers and refugees.