Wow! The words ‘I couldn’t put this book down’ are so cliched and yet SO true! Obviously, I had to put it down at times (small matter of needing to go to work for example) but I thought about it when I wasn’t reading it. My tiny mind tried to work out who could and could not be trusted, it tried to grasp onto a concept of who the killer was, it tried to second guess the truly awe-worthy mind of Amanda Brittany – and it failed woefully!
It’s quite a simple story but it absolutely captivated me from beginning to end – some of the characters (Ruth springs to mind) were so devilishly created that I almost wanted to laugh out loud at their audacity.
The hideous, uncomfortable, family tensions were palpable and perfectly captured. The teenage angst, arrogance and moodiness emanated from the pages and the trials and tribulations of long term relationships vs new relationships was spot on.
As was the fear. The stone cold – oh god what’s going to happen next, don’t go out there, don’t go up the stairs alone! etc scenarios were horribly good.
Among all of this cleverness, trauma, deception and cleverness, also sat a poignant layer of grief.
This book has the rare balance of being good from beginning to end!
Blurb: Nobody just disappears into thin air…
One year ago, Amelia Taylor’s sister, Lark, vanished without a trace from a family holiday in the Scottish Highlands.
The police are convinced that Lark was abducted, but with no new leads, the case has gone cold. Amelia is certain that the answer lies at the holiday cottage and retracing their steps might unearth a vital clue that could help make a breakthrough.
But during their second night at the cottage a shrill scream cuts through the darkness, just as it did a year ago, and a sense of dread engulfs everyone.
Another girl has vanished.
Leading the search, Amelia is convinced that both girls are alive, waiting to be found. But someone is determined to keep her from the truth at all costs…
Will Amelia be able to find her sister, or is she too about to find herself in danger?
Fans of The Perfect Couple, My Lovely Wife and The Silent Patient will love Amanda Brittany!