“Because once you become a parent, you learn that love can involve more fear than you had ever imagined, and you never quite look on the world in the same way again.” – 3.75/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: plum cake, anonymous cards, train trips, flower arrangements, part time jobs, ex-convicts, witnesses, creepy photographs, secrets, stalkers and new parents.
When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.
A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.
Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.
Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.
This was very entertaining and I read it quickly! It’s not necessarily the most memorable book of all time, but I enjoyed it for what it was: a fun, quick read.
There were a few flaws I found that contributed to my rating, but nothing too serious! One thing I found interesting is that the author’s intentions were crystal clear to me. Let me try to explain what I mean by this! Basically, there are some (not so subtle) attempts to distract the reader from the main suspect, by introducing new discoveries, new subplots and other possible suspects. And even though I couldn’t find out what really happened until the very end, it was easy for me to point out what was just a distraction that I shouldn’t think about too much because it was just an attempt to not focus on what really mattered (and those happened a lot)! A good example of this is the subplot regarding Sarah and her sister. It would be fine to use their story as a distraction for the plot, but the thing is that after it had its purpose their story was left unfinished. I wish some of these “distractions” had some development!
Regarding the writing, it was great! The chapters are fairly short, the story is very easy to follow and the writing is also simple. I’m glad I couldn’t find out who was responsible for the missing girl until the very end, so that was a big positive point to me!
I’m definitely keeping my eyes open for new books from this author. If you like easy thrillers, this is a good book to read over the weekend.