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Woohoo the queen is back. Author Barbara Copperthwaite was back with another whopper of a book. A missing twin on a stormy night and a sister who had been searching for her for years. And now Netflix was interested in making a documentary on her anniversary.
This was a slow moving book which started more as a mystery, slowly ramping up its suspense until it reached the category of a thriller in the last 30%. I loved Stella, who had the most heart breaking time of her life of searching for her twin. She was lovingly etched by the author in the scenes where the pain of looking into the mirror was written.
Secrets hinted it kept me at the edge of the seat to get to it. The author was a tease, I tell ya… 😂 I enjoyed the pace which kept me enthralled and engrossed in the prose, barring a couple of scenes where I wanted more drama…who didn’t? Written as the POV of Stella and documentary transcripts, the prose was a delight to read.
But the last few chapters kept me hooked, the nail biting kinds, so much so that I couldn’t go back to work until I finished the book. I had to know the identity of the perp, so many theories and suspects and one ending. The author fooled me completely. Absolutely dynamic!!
Welcome back, Barbara Copperthwaite. I wanted to get whammed by her book. And I am pleased to say it was a double whammy!! Remember Wham (wake me up before you go go… I still love the song)
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24 June, 1994 – Nineteen-year-old Leila Hawkins runs from her father’s birthday party into the stormy night wearing her sister Stella’s long red coat. Some say she was crying, others swear they saw her get into a passing car. Nobody ever saw her again.
Present – This time every year, on the anniversary of that fateful night, Stella decorates the small seaside town she grew up in with pictures of her beautiful missing sister. But after twenty-five years, is it even worth hoping someone will come forward? Perhaps the upcoming documentary will spark people’s memories by reuniting all the guests who were there the night Leila went missing.
As old friends gather and long-buried secrets begin to surface, the last thing Stella ever expects is a direct response from someone claiming they took Leila. They want private details of Stella’s life in return for answers. But as the true events of the night of the party play out once again, who is lying? And who is next?
Publication Date: February 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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