Plot: Two years ago, three-year-old Jenna vanished. Now Beth is about to find out who took her.
She only turned her back for a moment but that was all it took.
Two years ago, Beth Farrow turned her back on her three-year-old niece, Jenna, for just a few seconds. She disappeared without a trace.
How does a three-year-old go missing from a crowded summer fete without anyone noticing?
When Beth leaves the country to try and escape her guilt, someone sends her a photograph from an anonymous number. It’s a photograph of Jenna. She’s older, but Beth is sure it’s her niece. She is determined to do what the police cannot: Find Jenna and bring her home.
But someone isn’t pleased when Beth returns, and they will do what ever it takes to get rid of her. This time, for good.
My verdict: A fabulous heart wrenching thriller about every parents worst nightmare. DS Butler gives us a piece of the puzzle at the end of each chapter and deciding ultimately who to trust and to distinguish the facts from the red herrings. Not only does this book deal with child abduction but infidelity and post partum depression as well as mental health and dealing with guilt. With each chapter you think you’re one step closer to coming to the right conclusion but then the author hits you with another curve ball. DS Butler writes with such gritty realism that at times I got goosebumps. Ultimately this book is about trusting your instincts and how you can’t always trust those closest to you and that how lies and deceit can spiral out of control. The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t hold grudges or prejudices against people who did you wrong when you were younger. Finally, sometimes jumping to the wrong conclusions can do more damage especially to yourself because sometimes crying wolf so many times means that people will struggle to believe you. But the truth will always come out no matter how deep you bury it.