Published on 16th June 2016 by Michael Joseph and available here
FIRST CLASS PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM A MAJOR NEW VOICE IN FICTION
In her guise as ‘Dear Amy’, agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters – but never one like this…
I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man.
I don’t know where I am.
Please help me,
This must be a cruel hoax. Because Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades.
But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.
Instead, they let Margot in on a little secret. One that confirms her darkest fears and tangles her up in the search for the sender, which could save one young girl’s life and cost Margot her own…
Oh I LOVED this! It is a dark missing child story, that is clever and a little bit different!
Margot is a teacher, with a part time hobby as an agony aunt ‘Dear Amy’ for a newspaper. One day, she gets a mysterious letter from a Bethan Avery asking for help. The only thing is the girl went missing in the 1990s and no one has heard of her since. Margot is convinced that the letter is genuine. Local teenager Katie Brown goes missing, in the present day. We follow Margot, as she searches for answers and for the two missing girls. How are the two kidnapped missing teenagers, Bethan Avery and Katie Brown connected?
I raced through this, utterly entranced by Margot. We find out a great deal about Margot, at the beginning. She is caring, yet has been through a great deal with anxiety and a past breakdown. She is divorcing her husband. We see her getting her teeth into the Bethan Avery case and being concerned for the fate of her student Katie Brown. The strength of this is that we start to understand Margot and what makes her tick. As she gets deeper into the mystery aided by Martin, a Criminologist investigating the historical Bethan Avery case, we start to see what is going on. The past unravels and the twist makes absolute perfect sense. Helen Callaghan cleverly only hints at the horrors suffered by Bethan and Katie.
This is a story of trauma, of kidnapping and of survival. It is one of hope. No one could leave the book, without some kind of sense about the nightmare Bethan Avery has been party to. Worth a read, if you want a psychological story with depth. Recommended.