When six-month-old baby Helena is abducted, the lives of her parents, Simone and Matt, are thrown into complete disarray. Despite the police investigation and the work of a private investigator, no trace of her was ever found.
Fast forward eighteen years when Matt is a successful general practitioner and Simone is working for News 24, and their lives are, yet again, about to become traumatic with the appearance of Grace, who claims to be their long lost daughter. Desperate to finally have closure, Simone, assisted by her work colleague, Abbott, find themselves drawn into a dark world where it is impossible to know who to trust.
This book is a fantastic pyschological thriller not least because of the occasional chapters written by an unknown person, detailing how their depraved lifestyle began. Although the identity of this writer is not revealed until the end of the book, I did correctly suspect who it was. This did not, however, spoil the reveal at the end but it did answer some of the questions I had whilst reading.
Although some of Simone’s actions are baffling, it showed how desperate she was to uncover the truth, not realising that, in doing this, she was uncovering a huge web of deceit and criminality dating back many years. There are some real heart-stopping moments when you genuinely wonder what the outcome will be.
An excellent book – highly recommended.
This book was received from Net Galley and Bookouture in return for an honest review.