Published by Darkstroke on April 21, 2020
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When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.
Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.
Local Belfast resident Julia Matthews joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could. Julia was only trying to help but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?
This is a dark story of mental abuse, manipulation and the extent some people will go to escape their lives.
We are led through this story from four different women. Hannah the main woman, Kerry the Police Officer, Julia and Kate and you aren’t sure how they fit at first and I loved that air of mystery. Be careful if you read some reviews on Goodreads because they tell you how it fits! The main focus is Hannah and her story, however, we see insights into all their lives and how they are all impacted by this fallout.
I had a feeling how things would play out and I wasn’t disappointed. The book was riveting to read and it does keep your interest throughout. The only thing I struggled with sometimes was how the characters spoke it made me cringe, but this is such a small thing to worry about if you look at the bigger picture of this book. I did also struggle with some of the actions and thoughts of 2 of the characters, I felt they were completely the wrong time to be having these thoughts but then you can’t control human nature which is very evident in this book. You can not control how people behave, you can not control what goes on behind closed doors and a big thing we are highlighted towards is you can not always control your situation. That is a scary situation to be in. This idea had me intrigued with this book, the blurb hints at the danger we are about to endure but I wasn’t sure how much darkness there would be in this tale.
It is a great book to have you question everything. Question what you would do in the situations presented, how would you react? To tell the story from 4 different seemingly unconnected women to get a fuller picture is really well done. We get to see things from out the outside as well as inside. However, this book is not all hearts and flowers. It is shocking in places, it is dark and it’s harrowing. It really does make you want to wrap people up in cotton wool and protect them from the world. What I think makes it harrowing more so, is the fact we see the everyday norm, the making of coffee, the making of dinner, and then bam we are hit with something. We question did that just happen, or is it a case of unreliable narrator?! Cleverly done!
Until next time xxx
Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review
Nothing at the moment but this is Rose’s 4th book so I have 3 others to check out!
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