Back of the book :
Maisie Bean is a fighter. A survivor. Seventeen years ago, she went on a first date that went so badly it was enough to put the girl off chips. The marriage that followed was hell but it gave her two children : funny caring Jeremy and bullish brilliant Valerie.
Just as it seems everything might finally start going right, sixteen-year-old Jeremy goes missing. The police descend and a media storm swirls, over five days of searching that hurtle towards an inevitable, terrible conclusion.
Maisie is facing another fight, and this time its the fight of her life. But she’s a survivor. whatever the odds she’ll never give in.
What I think :
Maise Bean has had a hard life, her husband beat her for years, until he hospitalised her for three weeks. Then she left him and he vanished out of her life. The only good thing to come out of the marriage was her two children, Sixteen-year-old Jeremy and twelve-year-old Valerie. Now years later, things are finally looking up. She’s got a date with the lovely police detective that saved her so many times from her awful husband. O.K so her mum has Alzheimers disease and walks the house in the nude at 3am, but she can cope with that.
Then one awful day her beloved, lovely son Jeremy goes missing and again she has to cope with this latest terrible thing happening to her. Maisie is a strong person, but can she cope with this … ?
The book begins in the now, with Maisie introducing herself to a room full of college/Uni students. she has written a book about her son Jeremy’s disappearance. Then the book goes back to 1995 and the days leading up to Jeremy going missing.
This book is about a normal woman, living in Ireland in the 90’s having to deal with more than a normal, everyday people should have to cope with.
Maisie’s character is very well written, I think most women of the world can identify with her and what she has to go through everyday, but I also think that most women/mothers would be pretty glad if they never had to go through the disappearance of a child.
I must admit, when I first started reading this book, I did pick it up and put it back down again a couple of times. I really didn’t think it was my kind of book and wouldn’t be able to get into it, however after reading the first chapter I was hooked. I really needed to know how Maisie coped with her loopy (meant in the best possible way ) mum and her stroppy twelve year old daughter. when the unthinkable happened and Jeremy went missing I was hoping and preying for the best outcome.
I really enjoyed this book and give it a well deserved 9/10.
Published by Transworld books on 07/04/16.
A Huge Thankyou to Naomi Mantin at Transworld books for the review copy of the book.