Published: 17/04/2019 by Bookouture 300 pages
An innocent girl is taken. The killer confesses.
But that’s not the whole story. That’s not even the beginning…
It’s 1985 and the disappearance of ten-year-old Lisa Cook shocks the nation. Her best friend, Kirsty, traumatised and fearful, gives evidence that helps to put the Cook family’s lodger behind bars.
…But what if Kirsty made a mistake?
Now, decades later, Kirsty leaves a life she loves to move back to the hometown she hates – tortured by her memories, she’s determined to finally uncover the truth about what happened to Lisa that day. But someone is waiting for her there, someone close to her family. Someone who is hoping to finish off a job that was started years ago…
An absolutely gripping emotional drama for fans of The Couple Next Door, Whisper Me This and Laura Elliot.
With this crazy boom of psychological thrillers at the moment it’s usually really difficult to find something with different and unique plot. When starting this book, I wasn’t convinced I found it but as it went on, I was really surprised.
Story starts with two girls, best friends, growing up together in that difficult age of not wanting to be girls anymore but not being women yet. Lisa wants to be more experienced, takes risks, acts very grown up. But Lisa also lies, or does she? Kirsty being her best friend is hang up on her and trusts her completely, but stories change, tales don’t always make sense. Girls and their differences drive them into a disagreement on day that shocks the nation. Day when Lisa is seen for the last time. Day that doesn’t just ruin Lisa’s family but Kristy’s too. She was the last person who saw her alive after all. But were the stories she was told real? Who could be involved in disappearance or death of Lisa? Where is her body and will her family ever get a closure?
I loved the introduction to the story at the beginning of the book. Explaining relationship between Kristy and Lisa was incredibly important and stayed with me throughout the whole book. But it’s not until decades later when story takes very unexpected turn. I would say middle of the book feels a bit flat at times, that transition between initial story of disappearance into Kristy’s new life and her drive to finally find out what happened to her best friend all those years ago. When you feel like not much is happening, suddenly you are thrown into completely different world. I wouldn’t like to give out spoilers but what comes in the second half of the book, isn’t at all what I expected. I always find it very refreshing when things completely throw you, especially in the psychological thrillers.
All in all, I enjoyed this book even if some parts were a bit more difficult to get through. I’m glad I kept pushing when I didn’t think it was going anywhere. I was definitely worth it.
Thank you Frances Vick, Bookouture & Netgalley for an opportunity to read this book before its publication day and for an opportunity to take a part in the promo tour.
The only child of parents who worked at a top security psychiatric hospital, Frances Vick grew up receiving disquieting notes and presents from the patients. Expelled from school, she spent the next few years on the dole, augmenting her income by providing security and crewing for gigs, and being a medical experiment guinea pig. Later jobs included working in a theatre in Manhattan, teaching English in Japanese Junior High Schools, and being a life model in Italy, before coming back to London and working with young offenders and refugees.