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    Well paced suspense!

    Sometimes the world is a scary place. To protect your children you arm them from an early age with information that will keep them safe. Talk of stranger danger and personal space are at the forefront of such conversations. You issue reminders as they grow and warn them of every conceivable danger. As a parent, you’ve done your job. But what about the unimaginable? On a day like any other, Greer Dobbins’ daughter is taken and she is suddenly thrust into a parent’s worst nightmare. The good news is that it wasn’t a complete stranger who took her. It was the child’s father—Greer’s ex-husband. Thus begins the hunt to find her daughter and a chase that will take Greer halfway around the world and back to her native Scotland, back to where nothing is quite what it seems. The author paints a vivid picture of Edinburgh, a city rich in history, and filled with disturbing reminders of her early marriage days in a house on Candlewick Lane. The charming namesake of the book sounds idyllic but ends up as anything but. It’s more the stuff of nightmares and sets the stage for a number of suspects to crawl out of the darkest parts of the page to join others on a steadily growing list. This story isn’t necessarily the kind of thriller that leaves you on the edge of your seat, heart pounding and breathless from page one. This is a good thing. The pacing reminded me of Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 with a slow building of suspense that sneaks up on you. I was well into the novel before I realized that I was racing to turn the pages. Sneaky. And, I was pulled into the book and the lives of the characters so effortlessly that it speaks well for pacing and a wonderfully fleshed out cast. I’ll admit, I waffled back and forth on several characters, believing each of them guilty one minute and innocent the next. In the end, I found this to be a satisfying read with everything a reader requires in a great mystery.
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