Rating – 4/5 stars
What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.
It all started at the school fair…
Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.
Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….
This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
This book is on sale on January 8, 2019
This was a smartly written thriller about what happens when a child goes missing and how far a mother would go to protect her children.
One day when Harriet leaves her daughter in the care of her best friend Charlotte, and she disappears, both of their worlds come crashing down. Has someone taken her? Did she run off alone? This novel will have you guessing the whole way through.
Going into this novel, I thought it would just be about Alice’s disappearance and I thought the whole novel would be about the same thing and I thought that it would be boring and I said to myself “Oh please not another story about missing children.” This was far from it! It had everything I didn’t expect from a novel like this and more! All I can say is wow!
Told from Harriet and Charlotte’s point of views, switching back to before and after her disappearance, the story never gets boring. I can guarantee that you will devour this book in very little sittings because it’s just so captivating.
It’s hard to figure out what happened to Alice because you won’t know the full story unless you keep on reading till the end. I had my doubts about certain people in the novel, and as I read through, I figured out part of the plan, but I did not expect such a level of complexity from Perks!
It’s clear that Perks’ intention in this novel is to scare all the mothers and fathers out there and although I am only 18, I felt as if I was Harriet myself and it was my child who has gone missing. Perks is clearly a talented writer and although this book has many levels to it, I would 100% categorize it as a thriller.
I don’t want to spoil much about this novel but I’m very excited for everyone to read it and I can predict that it will be huge on the bookshelves!
Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.