From the bestselling author of The One Who Got Away comes a gripping new psychological thriller that will have you thinking twice about who in your life you can really trust …
Emma Cardwell, celebrity mum and host of top-rating morning TV show Cuppa, seems to have it all: fame, money and a gorgeous family. But when her little girl disappears from day-care – captured on CCTV footage at a nearby shopping centre leaving with someone Emma has never seen before – her world is turned upside down.
As the minutes tick by, and pressure mounts, every part of Emma’s life comes under examination. Is this a kidnapping, the work of a crazed stalker, or an obsessed fan? Is somebody out for revenge or is this something closer to home?
And there is the aching question: how much do we really know about those who care for our children . . . and about the people we love?
A lot of books I enjoy are plot-driven. They are very much about the mystery/crime/whatever. I really enjoy those stories that also have a good character arc that sees the characters growing in some way. This novel focuses very much on plot and less on characters and that left me feeling disconnected. I was not drawn to Emma, or any of the other characters in the story. I was not invested in their plight or journey, so I ambled through the pages not caring very much about the outcome.
The storytelling is very factual. I would have preferred a more emotional portrayal of the family. The concept of such a young child being kidnapped should have created a higher level of emotion in the characters and, subsequently in me, the reader.
The negative portrayal of media and reporters is likely very true to life and it’s probably another reason I did not enjoy this story as much as I had expected I would.
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Published by Harper Collins Australia