When fourteen-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she's run away from home.
Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she's taken a bag full of clothes.
As the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. And it seems everyone has something to hide.
For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawrence, the case is a painful reminder of the tragedy that tore her family apart over twenty years ago. She is convinced there is more to Sophie's disappearance than teenage rebellion.
But is the past clouding her judgment, preventing her from seeing a truth that neither she, nor Sophie's family, would ever want to face?
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 20th 2015 by Ballantine Books
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Ballantine via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is January 20th 2015.
This is a genre that I do not typically gravitate towards. I don't know why as I generally always enjoy it when I do read it however I tend to prioritise other genres first. Perhaps it is time to change that as I may be missing some really good reads.
I found this story really interesting with just enough teasers and possible suspects to keep you guessing. Add to that you really don't know what the suspects have done. Did Sophie run away? Was she abducted? Even worse could she be dead? I liked the aspect of not knowing what happened to Sophie and this added to the intrigue I progressed through the story.
The main character in Andee was also a strong one. With a no nonsense exterior and a vulnerable interior. The fact that the case hit close to home for her as she battled the similarities and the ghosts of her sister Penny who had gone missing years before and the remaining questions as a result. A personal life in turmoil was the icing on the cake.
Without divulging too many details this was a story with an interesting cast of characters and enough sub-plots to keep it moving. Was everything connected or were the plots individual of each other? You will have to read to find out! If I have to add some criticism is that the story seemed to wrap up a little too quickly. I would have like to have read more of the actions of the Poynter family and their activities.
If you enjoy a good who done it without a complex writing style then I would recommend this story. I enjoyed it.
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