Pages: 411 Price: £8.00 Published: 2017 by Avon
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
“‘Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter'” “When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift, she says yes – then quickly wishes she hadn’t. The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max, and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise. What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her. No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book but it did have it’s downfalls. Jo Blackmore is a very cautious, worried and even paranoid parent due to the fact she suffers from Agoraphobia and we learn that Jo suffered from a terrible and traumatic miscarriage of her first child Henry. Jo struggles with her life as she finds it distressing to go to the shops, to pick up Elise from nursery and to deal with strangers.
In the first chapter Jo is on her way to pick up her daughter from nursery but before reaching her car a stranger intercepts her asking for a lift. We learn now of Jo’s anxiety around strangers by the way she reacts, heart thumping, immediate sense of danger and instantly looking for a way out. In Jo’s attempt to get the situation over with she offers the stranger a lift but as soon as the stranger steps into the car everything changes. The stranger’s name is Paula and she’s not who she claimed to be, she searches Jo’s car claiming Jo’s husband has taken something of her’s and she want’s it back. She then turns to Jo and says ‘Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter’ whilst handing Jo one of Elise’s gloves before getting out the car and disappearing.
This first chapter instantly piqued my curiosity and got me hooked, however around 3/4 of the way into the book things began to become too predictable for me and so I felt myself telling myself what was going to happen on the next page and then I’d turn the page and it would happen. The whole story just felt ‘too neat’ for me, everything fitted together perfectly with no little questions on the side. I was almost disappointed at the end because I was able to guess it too easily. My second gripe about the novel was just how much Jo Blackmore cries. This woman cried rivers, endless rivers of tears that never stopped. All the description of her crying would probably take up a quarter of the book and it was generally described the same way “Jo began to sob” or “Job broke down into sobs of tears”. A bit more a variety in emotion wouldn’t have been terrible. However I did enjoy the book never the less.
Would I read it again? Probably.
The book took me 5 days to read in total.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars.
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