Jane Shemilt knows how to keep you up at night with a psychological thriller.
Dr. Jenny Malcolm has it all. A wonderful husband, three great kids and a thriving medical practice in Bristol, England. Her kids, Daughter Naomi, and twins Theo and Ed are all self-sufficient teens and Jenny is quite proud of that. They can manage for themselves; they are not dependent on her or their father, Ted. She works hard, long days at her practice, comes home to make them a good meal and they all have their own interests to attend to afterward.
Her life is exactly what she would have wanted if she had written down a plan when she was younger. Until…
When Naomi leaves on a Thursday night to star as Maria in West Side Story for the next to last night of the run of the play, Jenny begins to realize that Naomi doesn’t really talk to her the way she used to. And Ed seems to be angry so much of the time lately.
When Naomi doesn’t return that night or the nights that follow, Jenny realizes that her life wasn’t everything she thought. There were secrets. There were lies. There was hurt and there was heartache.
With the help of the police family liaison officer, Michael Kopje, the family spends the next year searching for Naomi and working to straighten out their lives.
In a story that moves from a year after Naomi’s disappearance and back to days before, Jenny’s life is turned upside down and everything she thought she knew to be true turns to doubt. With an ending that you will never see coming, this book twists and turns and leaves you wondering if your own life is everything you believe it to be.
A really good story that keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing until the very last page. While not a fast-paced novel, it does take you on an emotional ride that you are not likely to forget.