They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.
Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.
A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.
Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.
Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.
‘Z’ is all it read.
Z for Zac.
A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, Sue Fortin and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.
The heart of this book is trying to answer one question – what happened to their brother Zac who allegedly disappeared over a cliff when they were children?
Wilkinson does a great job showing what you’d expect 2 older ‘children’ to go through upon the death of their parents along with the normal routines of cleaning things out you have the emotional and psychological aspects. The author also did some interesting character work in showing how all the secrets affected Megan, her behavior and her psychological health in how it impacted her ability to make choices that would impact her actions. Too often though it felt as if the author allowed Megan to play a victim as if she was unable to make healthy decisions because of her childhood.
One of the great aspects of the story is how detailed the settings are as you can practically feel the wind across your face, smell the nature of the cliffs around you, and hear the water.
Eventually Wilkinson bridges the past and present events together to answer the very question that haunts you through this suspense filled story. You’ll become enthralled with what happened to him, the sisters relationship, the village, the very gossipy citizens, the adorable cottage, basically everything about their lives in your journey to find out what happened to Zac? The ending was definitely satisfactory.
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com