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On a run early morning, Fran found a child alone. Soon her mother came rushing down the path. But something felt off. Fran befriended her. Suddenly the child and her family vanished. Fran had to find out what happened to the child.
Having read Author Sarah Denzil’s works, I was excited, and it was completely justified. There was the right amount of intrigue for my interest to be spiked up. The writing was smooth, flowed well.
Fran drew my empathy; her reasons for searching for the strangers at any cost, bordered slightly on obsession, but I got it. She went to great lengths, even traveled wide and far, in search of them.
But… The onus here is on me. The topic the book delved into, once Fran got the clue, was not my favorite. In fact, I stay away from such topics in most books, nothing triggering, but not interesting to me.
I skim read those parts. And finally, there were two major twists, extremely shocking that perked me up. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to think back to see if there were clues that I had missed.
All my love for the book was stored at the beginning and the end. At 99c/99p, I felt it was a good bargain.
“Take my hand, little one.”
Fran finds her standing by the swings. A little girl, Esther, no older than seven years old, by herself in the dead of night, her pretty but old-fashioned yellow dress covered in grass stains and her hair dishevelled. She says she’s waiting for Father, and that strikes Fran as particularly odd.
After Esther is reunited with her family, Fran can’t stop thinking about this pious child whose imaginary friend is God. Fran’s instincts tell her something is very wrong. Why does Esther keep running away from home, and how did she get that bruise on her leg?
Fran’s husband warns her not to get too close, but one morning, Esther and her family disappear. Where did they go? Why did they leave their furniture behind?
Fran knows in her gut that something terrible is going to happen to that child, and she can’t stand by while it happens. No matter the cost.
After all, she found her. But can she save her?
Publication Date: January 2021
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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