Back of the book :
Look after your daughters things. And your daughter …
When a stranger asks Jo Blackwood for a lift, she says yes – then wishes quickly that she hadn’t.
The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max, and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two-year-old daughter Elise.
What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.
No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.
What I think :
Jo Blackwood is a very nervous person, she has panic attacks and can’t really go out like me and you. She can take her daughter, Elise to nursery, and she can go to work at the University, but that it, no dinners out or shopping trips. She has to plan every journey and makes sure she knows where all the escape routes are.
One day she is collecting her daughter from nursery when a middle aged woman gets into her car. Paula seems to know a lot about her daughter and her husband Max, She says that Max has stolen something from her and she wants it back. She then gets out of the car, but before she does she takes one of Elise’s gloves out of her pocket and tells Jo that she needs to ‘look after’ her. Jo takes this as a threat. When she tells her husband about he says that he doesn’t know anyone called Paula and he hasn’t taken anything from anyone. It Makes Jo feel that he doesn’t believe her. Max just thinks that its Jo having one of her ‘funnys’ again as he’s put up with a lot from her lately.
So begins an absolute nightmare for Jo.
Just who is Paula and why is she doing this to her … ?
Wow ! another intense, gripping thriller from the pen of C.L Taylor. I really love the way that she picks you up and drags you in and doesn’t let you down until you’ve finished the book.
There are so many gasp out loud moments, and so, so many twists and turns. And OMG ! the twist at the end I really didn’t see coming.
Some superbly written characters that jump out of the page. In some places, I really did think that maybe Jo could have been a little stronger and grown a back bone and not have run, but I suppose that was the whole purpose to the story.
I couldn’t put it down and give this wonderful edge of the seat thriller a well-earned 10/10.
Published by Avon Books on 23/03/17.
A huge thank you to Helena Sheffield at Avon books for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.