This is a really well thought out psychological thriller.
I really liked the first chapter. Writing as if a small child is speaking and thinking out loud isn’t as easy as it sounds. Often when authors attempt it they either over do it and sound too childish and silly’ or under do it and make the child sound like an adult pretending to be a child. So it is bold move as an introduction to a book. Whether readers keep on reading depends on that first chapter.
In this case it was done exactly right the jumbled thought process of a young child processing objects, sounds, colours and memories and dropping vital clues for the ensuing story to come. Excellent
There isn’t much worse than the murder of a child except perhaps the vanishing of a child. When you are left with nothing. No trace, no body, no truth and no inkling of what has happened. Only the gut feeling of dark despair and that whatever is keeping the vanished away is either death or a fate worse than death.
That is exactly the kind of pain Jack walks around with every day. His brother is always in the back of his mind and even now after all these years he is haunted because he doesn’t know what happened.
Simultaneously the reader gets to watch the main plot unfold and Jack wander round the perimeters of the family stuck in the midst of a nightmare.
It doesn’t end pretty and it doesn’t end the way you think it will.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.