Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?
When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?
Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?
If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?
Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.
An absorbing and gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the final page.
I just finished reading this book and I have goosebumps over my arms from the suspense which Wilkinson is fantastic at writing and tears falling from my eyes at the heartbreak I never saw coming. I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a mystery book that packed an emotional punch like this.
Once I began reading I just got sucked in NEEDING to know who is Olivia and what happened to her all those years ago. I have an admitted soft spot for UK mysteries but even that tendency to prefer them over others had nothing to do with the fact that Wilkinson is just an amazing author who knows how to drag you into the story to the point that time ceases to exist. I was so engulfed in these characters, how they were involved, what was going to happen next I almost missed lunch LOL!
Told from the first person POV, you hear from Olivia how her return after being missing for so many yeas is impacting people and dragging out once hidden secrets. Along with Olivia’s story you also simultaneously get Lily’s story from her POV as well until the two explode in an emotional knock-out. Thankfully the two girls plots were kept to distinct chapters with well identified titles so you always knew which girl you were reading about, their separate stories are also very different with different sets of characters but the titles help a lot when you become super engrossed.
There are times I wondered if either of our narrators were being truthful because after all we’re getting their stories from their POV and we all know we have personal biases on how we like ourselves portrayed. That uncertainty only added to the suspense.
One of the things I liked that as a parent, daughter, wife, sister it made me want to think and discuss what would I do in a similar situation? I like to think I have a good ethical standard but then that line gets a blurry when you have to wonder will the truth really set someone free or will it only cage them further? Oh Wilkinson, how you love to toy with my mind lol.
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookoutre for allowing me to review this!
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*image and synopsis from Netgalley