I somehow had a feeling that this book by author Shalini Boland was going to be a fabulous read. I hadn’t liked her previous 2 books. And my intuition proved correct. This was one heck of a ride!!
The story started with an absolute heart stopping bang – little Katie was missing with mother Gemma and elder daughter Eva frantically searching for her. I thought that would be the beginning of a missing child arc. But nooooo… That was a feint by Ms. Boland. And story went on to become so much deeper and better.
Gemma and Robert were a busy working couple, who needed a tutor for Eva, and mother in law Diane found nanny Sadie for them. And the story started rolling…
I thought I knew where the plot was going but somewhere in my mind, I had a feeling that the author wouldn’t be giving us a straightforward oft-repeated trope. And boy, was I right!! The plot took a deep swerve and landed where I least expected.
It was a great finish but I knew this time the epilogue would pack a wallop. And so it did… Well played, Ms. Bolland. Game, set, and match all to you!!
My niggles were some unanswered questions, and I kind of suspected the last truth. But the story kept me gripped from start to finish. I hardly took time to breathe. The book did cause a fervored brow and a spike in my heart rate. Overall a great thriller!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4.5 stars
Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.
The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.
After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few streets away. Relieved to have her youngest child back in her arms, breathing in the sweet scent of her hair, Gemma thinks the nightmare is over.
But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.
And she realises it’s only just beginning…
Publication date : 6th November, 2018
Publisher : Bookouture