This is a fantastic debut novel! It is getting compared to Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, which is unfair it’s closer to Girl on a Train in terms of narrative structure, and it takes place in England, but his novel is its own beast. Where those novel’s relied on twist that changed the narrative, this novel doesn’t rely on the twist, it’s a slow burn that gives you one narrative with a lot of secrets and doubt. The cool thing about this novel is sometimes you’ll read the truth and you doubt what your reading is true which is why this novel worked so well for me. The end kept me guessing until all was revealed. I give this novel 4.6 stars out of 5
The plot is Bella a two year old girl is taken from her front yard and has gone missing. Jean Taylor’s life is turned upside down when the police’s only suspect is her husband who had a delivery in the area he was covering for for another employee at the time. A lot of secrets and revelations revealed on the way do the police have it wrong? Does Jean know more than she lets on? Are fantasies reality?
What I liked: The Narrative structure it jumps around but I never lost track, I liked the multiple narrators, and how they are listed as the widow, the husband, the detective, the reporter, and the mother, it’s really simple but it is quite effective. I found this novel really easy to picture, it doesn’t go graphic and leaves it up to your mind what really happened in the details, which again really work.
What I didn’t like: There’s two chapter’s involving rival newspaper’s and libel, the it has relevance but it took it a while to happen to for a while I was like why were these two chapter’s in here, but it makes sense eventually.
I would recommend this for people looking for a great mystery, I was happy that this lived up to the hype the last book I read that was compared to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train was The Woman in Cabin 10 and I was not impressed at all and gave it 3 stars out of 5. So I was happy to throughly enjoy this one.