Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.
But seven years later, Abigail is found.
And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…
Addictive, edge-of-your-seat dark women’s fiction perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, BCC drama Thirteen, and Emma Donoghue’s Room.
My verdict: A fast paced thriller showing what it’s like for the family when a member has been abducted and has now been returned to them. I love the alternating chapters between Anne and her niece Kelly who is Abigail‘s best friend. It showed how the families have been affected by this ordeal and the guilt carried around by Abigail‘s mother Who has a complicated history with her daughters father and it turns out and in coincidental acquaintance has a massive effect on the family and it’s not just Anne who’s been keeping secrets but Kelly’s mother too. This novel ultimately reminds us that children who are to be seen and not herd are smarter than we give them credit for. It was nice to be reading a different side to an abduction thriller and seeing all the work that the family must put in toThis novel ultimately reminds us the children who are to be seen and not herd are smarter than we give them credit for and how a passing acquaintance can set off a massive chain of events which is every parents worst nightmare. Not only does this book deal with the aftermath of an abduction but in some ways it looks at Stockholm syndrome, stalking, the breakdown of a relationship and divorce as well as the foster care system and recreational drugs. However in the drugs case, it shows how much you can change your life around if you really want to. There are subtle hints in the novel of forbidden relationships and brainwashing. Read it in about two days but I wish we learned more about Abigail’s experience of being away for eight years with a stranger who repeatedly raped her and bribe her with cigarettes I thought it might add some extra grit to the novel. But I congratulate the author on putting a spin on a child abduction case and showing the aftermath rather than the event itself which is often done in thriller genre.