“A missing girl, two sides, one truth”
Spoiler free review
Publication Date: 1st June 2018
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Amazon Link: Buy on Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★
Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.
Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harrietthat her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.
Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.
Someone is hiding the truth. So what really happened to Alice?
This story is based around Charlotte and Harriet, two close friends who go through the unthinkable. Harriet doesn’t trust anyone with her child but, as she needs to attend a course in another city, Charlotte offers to babysit her daughter, Alice. While playing at the fair with her own children, Charlotte quickly checks Facebook, only to look up and find Alice missing. Harriet absolutely breaks down and, during the hunt for Alice, finds that her marriage is falling apart and questions whether or not she can trust Charlotte again.
Charlotte and Harriet are our only two narrators in this story, which makes it very easy to follow. We get to see the two women as friends, mothers and individual people, looking at their relationships with Harriet’s husband and Charlotte’s ex, Tom, and come to realise why Harriet is so protective of Alice. Brian, Harriet’s husband and Alice’s dad, is a rather irritating character. I found myself incredibly stressed out when reading this book and had to put it down a number of times to calm myself down.
As the story develops, we uncover a lot of secrets and see many twists and turns unravel. It is a gripping read and I highly recommend thriller lovers to pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.