Author: Betsy Reavley
Publisher: Bloodhounds Books
How far would you go to protect your family?
Danny and Libby are about to face every parent’s worst nightmare.
When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace, from the quiet village she lives in, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child’s shoe is discovered and the case takes an unexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning.
Will they ever find Hope?
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I was in awe of Betsy’s first book The Optician’s Wife and Frailty is another stunning read. The story hit me hard and I felt so wrapped up in the investigation to find Hope it’s a testament to Betsy’s fantastic ability to grip you until the very last page.
Very interesting characters, this book doesn’t try to convince you to see the very best in people it reminds you that there are people out there fuelled by money and leeching off the traumatic events a family can go through. It also reminds you some families are dysfunctional, with parents that are distanced even in the worse of times and how alcohol can become an unnecessary comfort. I loved reading about people who felt very real, flaws and all laid bare.
I was hit by the grief weighing the family down in their search for Hope and I find it amazing how clearly that sinking feeling in your gut grabs you, making the story feel more personal than you just being a spectator.
Mostly told from mother Libby’s point of view, you also see snippets from Hope’s point of view and it made my heart ache. Betsy keeps the suspense going right until the very end and I had no idea what was going to happen – completely unpredictable! Some shock moments scattered throughout to keep your mind working overtime.
If you’re looking for a real psychological thriller, this is the book for you.
Have a box of Kleenex nearby!
Five out of Five Stars
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