After allowing her 8yr old son, Ben, to run on ahead during their walk, Rachel Jenner looses her son in the woods. A frantic search ensues but all the Police can find are Ben's discarded clothes and trainers. After a press conference goes wrong, Rachel finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy painting her as a 'Bad Mother' and suggesting her involvement in Ben's disappearance is deeper than she claims. Even the Police begin to doubt her story. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust Rachel begins to unravel as she realises the greatest threat may not be from strangers but the people she loves the most.
The subject matter is also hugely emotive and I found myself thinking about the book at various points during the day. I haven't had this since I read Behind Closed Doors so clearly it had a strong effect on me. I found myself looking at my own behaviour and realising I make the some of same dubious judgement calls as Rachel, giving my 6yr old daughter a level of freedom which has the slim potential to lead to something disastrous. But the book also brings up the flipside, how you can't suffocate a child and you need to give them the freedom to make mistakes themselves and learn from them. Highlighting the fine balance we struggle to find but are ultimately as parents and adults we are responsible for finding.
And the ending. I didn't guess it until the end so that was good but I wasn't 100% happy with it either. I would of liked a few more clues to make me suspect the character more - but then I probably would me moaning that it was too obvious so clearly I can't be pleased!
Overall 4/5 - a great psychological thriller (and an absolute bargain on Kindle at just 99p!)