Author: K.L. Slater
Publication Date: 14 February 2019
Genre: Adult, Psychological Thriller
This morning, my daughter sat right here,
munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.
The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.
They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.
Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married.
But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake …
And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.
This was the first novel I read by K.L. Slater, and let’s just say, this will certainly not be the last! Within the first few pages, the readers are launched into an onslaught of heart-stopping chaos as Blake and Lucie Sullivan discover that their 9 year-old daughter Grace has disappeared on her 10 minute walk home from her best friend, Olivia’s house. With Grace without a trace, Blake and Lucie are confronted with questioning from the investigation team that makes them not only second guess themselves but each other’s motives as well.
The plot is chock full of twists and turns up until the very last page. As we start to peel back the layers of Blake and Lucie’s marriage so to speak, we discover that both of them are hiding colossal secrets from one another that could be the final straw to crumble their seemingly perfect marriage.
When I first started reading this story, I’ll be honest, I was not very attached to Lucie’s character because I thought at any moment she could break. The combination of her anxiety and depression is debilitating to the point that the slightest disturbances leave her bedridden. The story is told from mainly Lucie’s POV and progresses through a series of snippets from the present day where the investigation of Grace’s disappearance is taking place to the past, during Lucie’s college days, where we start to learn about the time that Lucie was a person that “she despised”. By the end, my heart was exploding for Lucie and her incredible strength.
If you love psychological thrillers and books that will definitely have you clinging to the edge of your seat the entire time then READ this book! My heart was racing towards the end, and I thought that I might actually be having palpitations from all of the revelations along the way.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the outcome of my review.
Rating: 4.5 stars