A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the ‘Dear Amy’ advice column, receives a letter:
I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man.
I don’t know where I am.
Please help me,
This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago.
As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and – unlike the police – convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected.
Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life – but could it also cost Margot her own?
Young school girl Katie Browne goes missing. A few weeks later Margot Lewis, aka Amy, agony aunt for ‘Dear Amy’ advice column, receives a letter from a girl called Bethan Avery.
With the first letter comes the belief that this is just a simple prank. Just some attention-seeking prankster claiming to be a school girl who has been missing and presumed dead since the nineties. There is no return address, only a postmark on the envelope stating it was mailed yesterday in Cambridge – nothing. Receiving a few prank letters comes with the territory of the job but something about this letter has the bells ringing in Margot’s head. Something just doesn’t feel quite right …
What follows are numerous missives from the person claiming to be Bethan Avery. Only, now Margot has contacted the police and is harbouring the suspicion that perhaps Bethan escaped her captor all those years ago and is now calling out for help. Is there more to this than meets the eye? Is this a prankster? Or are Margot’s suspicions correct and it is Bethan needing help?
I don’t want to say anything else about the plot because I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone. There is a massive amount of tension running through this book, intermingling with suspense. And come the end, it is quite dark. For me, I can’t stamp the ‘gripping’ label onto this book – it didn’t have me desperate to read more but I did enjoy it and it is well-worth reading!
I LOVED the premise of this book. It’s original and intriguing. A brilliant book to whip through. I also LOVED Helen Callaghan’s writing. This books is beautifully written!
Grab a copy and see what you think!
Original. Dark. Chilling.
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Huge thanks to Sarah Harwood for my review copy!