How did I get it?:
Net galley- thanks to Random House UK/Transworld Publishers
What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to disappear within this small tightknit community over two weeks. The first girl turned up stripped bare, dumped on a busy high street, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal.
Wracked with guilt over her mistake and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda’s disappearance, Lisa learns that the small, posh, quiet town she lives in isn’t what she thought it was, and her friends may not be who they appear, either.
I was really excited to read this book when I read that readers of Gone Girl would enjoy it. Sometimes, I feel statements like this can be a bit of an exaggeration to try and encourage people that read the popular book to read the new book. Kind of like jumping on a popular book’s bandwagon. I can see why it has been compared to Gone Girl. It’s utterly gripping and has plenty of twists and turns.
I thought the characters of this story were absolutely brilliant. Lisa is a mother of three who accidentally forgets that her daughter’s friend is supposed to be sleeping over. She remembers when she finds out the girl has gone missing. Lisa feels awful as she was supposed to be responsible for the girl. To make matters worse, there is a rapist on the loose who is targeting young girls. Lisa is a fabulous main character. The reader can really sympathise with her. Paula Daly has made her very real. I’m sure a lot of working mothers will be able to identify with her work/life balance struggles. The other characters were also very real.
I liked that this book was told from different point of views. I especially liked reading the female police officer’s perspective as she tried to solve the crime. I wasn’t spot on in predicting the ending, even though I anticipated something would happen like it did. (I won’t spoil it!) However, the way it did unfold was brilliant. I found it impossible to put down. It’s a believable thriller which makes me incredibly excited for what else Paula Daly writes!
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!
Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace-Kate Summerscale.