Written by Heidi Perks
She was your responsibility. And now she’s missing.
Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.
Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.
Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.
Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.
Worthy of a Full Five Stars – and more!
What an awesome read! Never in a million years could I have predicted how things were going to turn out.
Charlotte reached out the hand of friendship to Harriet five years ago as she was new to the area and didn’t seem to have any friends of her own. Five years on, they are fellow mums and whilst Charlotte is more relaxed with three children, Harriet is a bit of a ‘helicopter’ mum with her daughter Alice. Charlotte is therefore delighted when Alice is left in her care one Saturday and heads off the the school fete with all four children in tow. However, before too long she realises that now she only has three of them in her sight …
This is a tremendously intricate read. Told partly in the present and partly in retrospect, it very quickly demanded one hundred percent of my attention, and I found myself loathe to lay it aside even to get some sleep. It is fairly obvious that something isn’t quite right: Harriet is aware of it, Charlotte suspects it after a fashion, and the police know that things don’t add up. But can they work it out? Indeed, could I? With several twists and surprises along the way, this novel hooked me from the first page to the last. Compulsive reading due to excellent writing, skilfully created characters and a very clever plot made this book totally worthy of a full five stars – and more!
My thanks to publisher Random House UK for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological suspense
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1349 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
- Publication Date: 1 June 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
Meet the Author
Heidi Perks was born in 1973. She lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.
Heidi graduated from Bournemouth University in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and then enjoyed a career in Marketing before leaving in 2012 to focus on both bringing up her family and writing.
Heidi successfully applied for a place on the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writing Course and after that dedicated her time to completing her first novel, Beneath The Surface.
She has a huge interest in what makes people tick and loves to write about family relationships, especially where some of the characters are slightly dysfunctional.
Heidi is now writing her second novel.