Published Feb 5 2016 by Bookouture
Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.
A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.
Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.
Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?
When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.
Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.
Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?
We meet Simone, who is happily married to Matt. They are a successful couple living in London, in their thirties. When they were young students, they had a six month old daughter who went missing. Time has passed and no trace has been found of their missing child. One day, Simone finds herself followed by a teenager. Grace tells Simone that she is her daughter. Is Grace telling the truth? Grace disappears, leading Simone on a personal quest for answers.
This is the kind of book you can whiz through in a day, as you follow Simone’s dark and twisted journey. It is that gripping, as well as being profoundly sad. I really felt for Simone and what she goes through. The strength of the book is its handling of grief and child abduction. Simone really has grieved for her child, over the years. It is amazing that her relationship with her husband Matt has survived this tragedy. There is also by the on-going disturbing narrative by someone connected to the kidnapping, which adds to a growing sense of unease.
It is a credit to Kathryn Croft, that I only half guessed who was involved with the kidnapping. The plot twisted nicely for me and the nagging feeling I had about a certain someone suddenly made sense. I loved the ending a great deal. Croft writes a jolly good psychological thriller, with an underlying air of melancholy.