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Little Alice was left for dead and Richard who was last seen giving her a lift was missing. The whole village rallied around the mother Gemma, and Richard’s wife, Madeleine, was left out in the cold.
A slow moving suspenseful tale by author Kerry Wilkinson where I saw the story through Maddy’s eyes. Her past and present interweaved into the story intensifying the suspense; though, for the life of me, I couldn’t understand how the two subplots would connect while reading.
The story showed the life in a small village where stones were cast without any thought about it being right. Maddy took it all with a surprisingly strong forbearance, trying to solve the mystery in her own way.
The author peppered the path with small clues that Maddy received via text messages until the whole mystery upturned itself when she realized the truth. A quick course of action altered the lives of many people. And peace was returned to the village along with a strange disquiet as they went about finding a way to live in the new normal.
A mystery behind what was thought to be the action of a person swirled the book with many questions, making it an interesting read.
A little girl has been left for dead. And now my husband is missing.
‘I can give you a lift home,’ the man says. Little Alice tightens the zip of her big red coat. She’s unsure, but the walk will be cold and dark. ‘I’m not supposed to get in a stranger’s car.’ He forces a smile. ‘I’m not a proper stranger, am I?’
I return home to our beautiful house on a chilly winter evening expecting to find my handsome husband Richard waiting for me by the fire. We’re still so in love, and he always takes care of me: buying us this home in the little village where he grew up, making sure I settled in and made friends, and treating my teenage daughter like his own. There’s a bit of gossip about our age gap, but the death of his first wife years ago was so tragic that he still gets sympathetic looks. Everyone loves Richard.
He usually comes straight back from work. But tonight, our antique clock ticks on through the dark evening, with no sign of him. Then a knock at the door shatters my perfect life. A 12-year-old-girl, Alice from the village, has been found unconscious in the field behind our house. They say she was last seen getting into Richard’s car.
Now rumours are flying. As Alice fights for her life in hospital, nobody will speak to me: and when they do it’s to ask if he didn’t hurt Alice, why hasn’t Richard come home?
I know that revealing my own darkest secret about Richard’s first wife could prove his innocence… but even if I do, he’s still missing. Is everyone right, and is my husband on the run? And will telling the truth about my past turn my own daughter against me, and tear our lives apart for good?
Publication Date: November 2020
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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