Author: Ronnie Turner
Genre: Psychological thriller
Format: Paperback 384 pages
Release Date: 1 October 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
My Rating: *****
I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Will they ever learn the truth?
Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .
John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.
Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.
Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.
They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .
A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Lisa Jewell.
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This story centres around three separate characters, John, Maisie and Miller and runs in multiple different time periods. In the first few chapters I thought this might make the book hard to follow, but on reflection it didn’t at all. Through most of the book I really had no idea how these three characters and their seemingly unrelated lives were connected.
Our first lead character is John. He is a happily married man who absolutely dotes on his six year old daughter Bonnie. However, his perfect family life is ripped apart with the sudden and mysterious disappearance of his daughter. Now this has got to be, hands down, every parents worst nightmare and reading along as John and his wife crumble with the uncertainty of not knowing even if their daughter is alive or dead was heart wrenching.
Our next character is Maisie who works as an ICU nurse in a hospital. She is passionate about her job and deeply cares about her patients and their families. In the book she is caring for a patient named Tim and although whilst reading I knew she must have relevance somewhere along the line to the other characters, I honestly didn’t realise the connection until much later on in the book.
Then finally we have our main twisted character, Miller. What a truly horrifying little boy he is! Miller is a young boy with some very deep-seated psychological issues. His obsessive fixation with certain individuals throughout his life has some truly devastating consequences. He doesn’t comprehend what is right and wrong and what is acceptable behaviour and unfortunately his mother seems to have washed her hands of him and he is left to his own chilling devices.
I thought the writing was incredible. The writing style as it flicks between the various characters almost made me feel as if different authors had written each character and then meshed them together to make a book. The way the author adapted her writing to fit with the personalities of each character is really impressive. I haven’t noticed this done as well in any book i’ve read recently.
It doesn’t become apparent until much further on in the book how the various timelines and groups of characters fit together. By the time I was given some clues as to how the pieces of the puzzle join I was completely gripped wanting to know what the finished product was going to turn out like.
For me the making of any good thriller is where I am kept guessing through the majority of the book and this book did just that for me. Many books have been written previously with the theme around a missing child, but the twist the author has given this story made it a unique read for me and it will stand out in my mind apart from other books I have read around these topics. See if it stands out for you and give it a read! It’s a thumbs up from me and I can’t wait to see what the author thinks up for her next book.
About the Author
Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.
Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.
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