Back of the book :
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl.
She had her whole life in front of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye she was gone …
Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.
But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.
Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.
Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back …
What really happened to Ellie ?
And who still has secrets to hide ?
What I think :
When Laurel’s daughter Ellie went missing, she wasn’t sure whether she ran away or something more sinister has happened to her. But, almost 10 years later Laurel still holds on to the hope that, one day Ellie might just come back …. I mean, she only left to go to the library, she hadn’t packed any clothes or taken any of her other belongings so she obviously was meaning to come home again …
Then Laurel meets Floyd, she’s just sat in a coffee shop eating cake and there he is. They start to chat. Finally Laurel feels strong enough to move on and maybe have a life.
Floyd has 2 Daughters, one from his ex-wife, who’s all but grown now, and he also has a nine-year-old called Poppy from a relationship that went rather bad. Poppy’s mother isn’t around anymore so Floyd is a single parent.
When Lauren meets Poppy she has a bit of a shock, for Poppy looks just like her lost daughter Ellie …
Is it all just a huge coincidence ?
Or does Floyd know more than he’s telling ?
I absolutely loved this brilliant novel !
The characters are fabulous, Laurel has two other children, that are older than Ellie. Her relationships with both of her remaining children are pretty strained. I think this is because of what happened when Ellie went missing, also her marriage to Ellie’s father Paul has broken down, which nine times out of ten happens when something like this happens to a family. Both of theses things are perfectly described in this book.
This book is broken down into four parts, before, the beginning, the middle and the after. Also some of the chapters are narrated by the main characters, so you always know what is going on.
But, what I liked the most was the way that Lisa has effortlessly crossed over from women’s fiction to thriller/crime writing. This book had me hooked from the very first page to the last. I absolutely loved the way it had me on the edge of my seat with all its twists and turns.
Although I pretty much guessed the twist, it was Lisa’s brilliant writing that had me hooked until its brilliant conclusion.
I really loved this book and I’m looking forward to more from Lisa in this genre.
I give this book a very well-earned 10/10.
Published by Century (Penguin books) on 27/07/17.
I purchased my copy from Waterstones Cambridge for £9.99.