Back of the book :
When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ships comforts and possibilities seem infinite. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor mishaps lead the families further from the ships safety.
One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone …
What follows is a heart-racing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the distraught parents – now now turning on one another and blaming themselves – try to recover their children and their shattered lives.
What I think :
Cousins Liv and Nora have taken their husbands and Kids on a winter cruise around South America. Nora had recently lost her mother and really didn’t want to spend Christmas at home, so Liv suggested that they all take a cruise. So Nora’s Husband Raymond and kids Marcus and June, join Liv and her husband Ben and their children Sebastian and penny on a trip of a lifetime.
At first everything seems to be brilliant, the rooms are spotlessly clean and very posh, there is plenty to do and lots of trips to take when they stop off at each place. They even make friends with a Argentinian family – Guntha, Camilla and their children. Everything is good. Then a few days into the trip, small disasters start to happen, a tire blow-out on a day trip, then a car accident. Its whilst they’re waiting for assistance, after the car accident, that they decide to visit a beach that is close by. Then the kids go missing …
At first, the kids forget about the tide coming up fast, they think it’ll be ok, they’ll just wait for their parents to realise and someone will come find them. But then the whole thing takes a sinister turn ….
I must admit,I really wasn’t sure about this book when I first started reading, its really not your normal crime novel, in as much that you know exactly whats going on at all times. You know whats going on with the kids and how they go missing and what happens throughout. Usually in Thrillers/crime novels you only find out what and why right at the end.
Its also quite slow to get going, but do stick with it, because all of a sudden you jump straight into the main bit of the story and it really gets going.
The characters weren’t your normal ‘everyday’ people, I’m mean for instance, Nora’s husband is some sort of TV star and Liv herself is a programme director !
I really didn’t like either women much, when the kids go ‘missing’ Nora is off with the tour guide somewhere in a bush, doing heaven knows what and liv has fallen asleep, so neither of them were taking any notice of what their kids were up to. This lays the path for them to start turning on each other, each blaming the other for what has happened.
Like I said earlier, this is not your average thriller/crime novel but it is a very interesting way to see all perspectives and because of that it has stuck in my mind.
I give this one 8/10 (4 stars)
Published on 06/07/17 by Viking (Penguin)
A big Thank you to Josie Murdoch for the review copy of the book