The story arc caught my eye – a mother searching for her 16 year old daughter even after 2 years of her running away from home.
Kate volunteered at the Message in a Bottle helpline center which passed on the message of the runaway to their parents, no questions asked. It was a safe place till she got a call from a girl whose voice sounded just like Sophie’s. In fact, Kate was the only one who knew it was Sophie. Then began a mother’s real journey to get her daughter back home, and nobody could stand in her way..
A fantastic book by author Emma Rowley, it kept me hooked through the morning. I just couldn’t stop reading it. I needed to know if the mother would ever find her daughter and if she was alive or dead. I craved so desperately to know what had happened to her. I was even tempted to read the ending when the suspense got the better of me. But I resisted. I think I am crazy about the missing child trope, it never gets old with me.
The author has captured a mother’s desperation beautifully in this book. She was every mother’s nightmare. Kate was shown as a broken mother who couldn’t seem to function even after 2 years. She required pills to sleep through the night. Every moment of the waking hour was spent sending requests for information about her daughter online. Everyone gave up, but she didn’t. Her need to get her daughter home was greater than her need to breathe. The cops too didn’t follow up on the clues given by Kate.
The story followed the twists, slow beginning and certain rushed parts did niggle me, but they were just minor detours in an overall thrilling story.
I was thoroughly hooked into the book to the extent I went for a walk with my kindle, it simply showed my love for it. But it was actually the book’s fault, it didn’t let go of me. I loved the book, it loved me back. It was delightfully mutual.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Kensington, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Emma Rowley is a writer, ghostwriter and editor with a background in journalism – formerly of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. A graduate in Classics and English at Oxford University, she trained as a journalist on the prestigious City University course. Emma has spent considerable time in the courts and covering major crime stories. She lives in London.
MY NAME IS KATE.
I volunteer at a missing persons helpline – young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked.
I don’t get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.
But today a girl named Sophie called.
I’m supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.
The problem is, Sophie isn’t safe.
AND SOPHIE IS MY DAUGHTER.
The gripping, twisty psychological thriller about a mother working at a Missing Persons helpline who receives a desperate phone call from her own daughter, who has been missing for two years.
Publication Date: 30th April 2019
Publisher: Kensington Books