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  • Chilling read!

    Clear your schedule because you are not going to be able to put this one down. This is a hard review to write because I don’t want to give anything away but…you will think you have it all figured out then something or someone changes and you go whirling on to the next twist and the next. This is a 5 Star domestic thriller! Amber and George are discovering that life with a new baby can be grueling. Now that Mabel is 7 months old, Amber’s sister Ruby offers to babysit to give them a weekend away. George books a night at a 5 star hotel and spirits Amber, who is mired in postpartum depression, away for the night. Ruby, babysitting without her partner Lewis, is her usual disorganized self. She takes Mabel to the park but doesn’t notice that she is being watched. The next weekend George has a business trip and Amber makes a sudden decision to go on a yoga retreat. Ruby is again called to babysit. The next morning, Mabel is gone. The story is told in three voices: Amber, Ruby and the stalker. They follow the police investigation, the intrusive press attention and their reactions as secrets they thought were hidden come to light. Amber and Ruby are very sympathetic characters and you feel the desperation as they try to help the police and avoid becoming suspects themselves. When you finally discover what happened and why, you’ll see how Jess Ryder skillfully dropped hints throughout the story. The Night Away is a chilling, satisfying read. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Jess Ryder for this ARC.

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  • Definitely Recommend!

    In some families children have their place: The Responsible One and The Flighty One. Here we have such a family alongside the partners, parents and a child who goes missing while the irresponsible one was in charge of her care. The thing is, there are lots of secrets that each are desperately trying to hide. While the police work tirelessly to find the child, the secrets spill one by one. This is an interesting and engaging read - definitely recommend!

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  • A twisty psychological thriller

    The Night Away is a twisty psychological thriller that is a great book to escape into and forget about what is going on out in the world for a few hours. It is a gripping page turner that captures your attention right off the bat and pulls you into the story. Jess Ryder puts her own spin on a child kidnapping story which sees a well needed night away for couple Amber and George, become their worst nightmare when their seven month old baby girl Mabel is kidnapped whilst in Amber’s sisters care. Why becomes the focus and as the tension and suspense builds up along the way, you think you know where it is all leading, only for Jess Ryder to pull out the rug from underneath you to take it in a completely different direction! I do love when this happens in a book. The only thing I did find, was nearly every character was unlikable. Whether that was intentional or not, I just could not sympathise with Amber and George. Ruby and baby Mabel were the only ones I felt anything for, but in saying all this, each has been well written in their role. The Night Away is a tense psychological thriller where secrets long buried rise to the surface and as each are revealed, brings you closer to the truth. It is a slow build to start, but as you get further along the pace does pick up. This is another great addition to Jess Ryder’s bibliography and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for her reader’s next.

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  • A Cracking Read

    This book by Jess Ryder explores themes of manipulation and betrayal. The Night Away really packed a punch with its clues and twists. New parents Amber and George should be over the moon as they have been through a lot to get their precious baby girl, Mabel. But they are finding parenthood a struggle so when Amber's sister, Ruby, suggests they take a break they agree, albeit rather reluctantly, and only for one night. Ruby babysits and all is apparently in order, so the stressed and harassed couple go away again, this time taking separate breaks, only to find that little Mabel has been snatched from her cot... In some clever narration between Amber, Ruby and, the abductor, Jess Ryder does a superb job portraying the chilling aspects of the story. I could feel the characters' despair and guilt as I pondered over who might be the couple's stalker. George blamed Ruby, and both Amber and Ruby blamed themselves for Mabel's disappearance. All of the characters had a different set of problems going on and each had their flaws. There were so many secrets within the storyline making The Night Away a full-blown page-turner. I didn't care much for either Amber or George but they suited their roles in this tremendous tale, as did the secondary characters. Jess Ryder's writing is so compelling and suspenseful making this novel a great reading experience and I continue to be impressed by her. The Night Away is my second book by this immensely talented author and I will be reading more from her. An electrifying psychological thriller that I highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Book Review

    I was fortunate to receive a copy of this ARC from NetGalley. This book is brilliant! Dealing with the incredibly difficult situation of a missing child. How did she get out of a locked house and who would want to take her? This book definitely had echoes of the Madeleine McCann case, particularly with how the media portrayed it. The multiple infidelities later in the book took me by surprise, probably because I was so focused on who had baby Amber! I thought I had it sussed but I was wrong. My favourite quote: "I soon had motherhood down to a fine art. Or was that a dark art?" This is a real page turner and will keep you guessing!

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