From the author of No.1 bestseller The Magpies comes a gripping new tale of suspense.
Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth…
Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie’s unusual beliefs hold the key.
But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.
Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth – as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in..
Marie vanishes and her boyfriend goes on the hunt for her. Marie is an obsessive believer in aliens, Richard is not. Richard’s search takes him to Brighton and the States, as he follows her tracks. He encounters cult groups and bizarre alien sex photos en route to the truth.
I really wanted to like this book, but it never hooked me as a reader and the ending felt flat. The story is a romance, with a combination of the X-Files mixed with The Following. If you are familiar with both series, you probably won’t get anything new from this book. I didn’t take to the lead character, Richard. I found him rather annoying and soppy. His girlfriend dumped him and her cat, and he doesn’t even get angry about it. He gets philosophical. He just didn’t seem that believable to me. I was more interested in Marie and her view of the world. I think the themes of aliens and ufology, together with cults are fascinating. In this case, it just didn’t seem to come together to work for me.