In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.
In a heartbeat, everything changes….
Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry – until Ben vanishes.
Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel, too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.
As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.
Where is Ben? The clock is ticking….
Gilly Macmillan created a story that encompasses every mothers worst nightmare. I could not put it down and finished it in one day! Her 8 year old went missing while on her watch. The simple act of letting him run ahead just a little on the path to the park, a path they take all the time, may cost her everything.
Rachel Jenner can’t trust anyone and blames everyone including herself. While after her outburst on the T.V. she finds herself the top of the internet suspect list. Half told from the POV of the mother, Rachel in her torment, pain, fear, and guilt while learning secrets and truths that will threaten to break her and she will question everyone. The other half told from the POV of the lead DI Jim Clemo in police ordered therapy after his breakdown following this case where he tells his side of the story.
Gilly pulls you into the story and makes you question everyone, unsure of everything, and ready to blame everyone. You will feel for the mother and fear for Ben’s safety. Will they find him in time, is it already too late? This is a great psychological thriller that holds you till the very end. A MUST READ!
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About the Author…
Gilly Macmillan is the internationally bestselling author of What She Knew(previously published in some territories as Burnt Paper Sky), The Perfect Girl and Odd Child Out. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Globe & Mail and Der Spiegel bestseller lists.