Your neighbour told you she didn’t want your six month old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.
Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’d have the baby monitor and you’d take it in turns to go back every half hour.
Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone.
You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there…
I was browsing through a charity shop and this book caught my eye. Honestly it felt a little like fate – I had read it as part of a book club a couple of years earlier and given away my copy afterwards thinking that I would never want to re-read it. I had enjoyed it, but didn’t really think much more of it.
Recently I had found myself thinking about it again, so to have it appear in front of me was just too perfect. It was mine moments later.
I bought lunch at the chippy and took myself to a local garden, found a bench by the river where I could hear a teeny waterfall gurgling away in the background and nibbled my way through lunch while I reimmersed myself in the ‘who-dunnit’ of the missing baby.
Honestly I enjoyed it so much more the second time around; I couldn’t say if it was that I was a little older, or simply that I was feeling it a little more the second time round? I had originally read it as a student nurse trying to fit my book club book in around my studies, placements and other books. Maybe it’s not a book to be squeezed in?
Whatever the reason this time was different; I had read the whole book by bed time. Even though I knew who’d done it, I was still absolutely hooked and devoured it like a first time reader.
After reading it again I immediately recommended it to my best friend, who isn’t usually a big reader but absolutely loved it. I also recommended it to my mother in law who didn’t finish it as it wasn’t for her. Next I will be pressing it upon my unsuspecting grandma, who I suspect will also be a fan.
I love the way that it teases you and leads you down different paths of thought until you’ve suspected everyone at some point! It’s tricksy and convoluted and utterly delightful. I will be keeping this copy for good.
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