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    Not to be missed

    Set in Bristol in 2012-2013, this is the first-hand account of 8-year-old Ben's disappearance from the point-of-view of his mother Rachel Finch and the investigating detective Jim Clemo. It is an intimate look into their minds in the period preceding and following Ben's disappearance. Rachel addresses the reader directly, while Jim's account is in the form of his interviews with (and confidential reports to) his department psychologist. The characters are all described in great detail, along with their extensive back-stories. While not totally necessary, this does provide some depth to the story and makes us feel like we know them. The author may be setting the scene for a series of follow-up books featuring the same characters. The story itself is told in an interesting format, which includes narrative as well as blog posts, emails, interviews, and reports. During the investigation, we discover that everyone is hiding a secret - but who's hiding Ben? Everyone is a suspect: Rachel's sister Nicky, Rachel's ex-husband John, John's new wife Katrina, as well as anyone who had contact with Ben at school. Even the title of the book gives us the impression that Rachel may not be a reliable narrator. Could she herself be responsible for Ben's disappearance? I must admit that when I see a story like this on the news, I usually suspect the mother first. This is a suspenseful and exciting story, one that will keep you reading until the end, which is both realistic and satisfying. The story is followed by an interview with the author, reading group discussion questions, and a list of Gilly's ten favorite page turners. This is one not to be missed. I received this book in return for an honest review.
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    Not what I expected

    I had a hard time getting into this book. It took about 75 percent before I started to get interested. I did not see the ending coming. I found that there was to much references to keep my interest. #indigoemployee
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    Amazing

    Loved this book very interesting and mysterious. Keeps you guessing till the very end. Loved the ending
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    Very good

    I had a hard time getting into this story but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I liked the characters and the story. Rachel was absolutely believable as the mother of a kidnapped child and DI Clemo was a great police officer who cared very much about Ben. I did not like all of the social media, information and the psychologist transcripts. I would just be going along, happily reading and then a Facebook account, or blog or email would stop the story. I felt that the author was using all of the tools available to create this story and understand that in this world we live in, the internet is a huge part of every crime. I just didn't want them interrupting the novel. Despite this, I really liked this novel. I was very surprised at a lot of things that happen in the book, things I didn't see coming and I love when this happens. The ending was great and I really had no clue as to who the kidnapper was.
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