When Olivia Brooke's Husband disappears with her two children she is convinced she will never see any of them again. After all this is not the first time someone she loves has disappeared without a trace. Fast forward two years and this time Olivia and the kids have disappeared. Her bag is in the kitchen, car in the garage but they are gone. And bizarrely every photograph of the family has been removed from the house and computers. Detective Tom Douglas is called in to investigate the disappearance and soon finds more questions than answers. Is Oliva's Husband hiding something or is he an innocent party as confused as the rest? And if so where are Olivia and the children?
I absolutely loved this book. It kept me guessing throughout and just when I thought I had it all worked out another twist would throw me back into a wilderness of confusion. Twist after twist after twist. Forget Gone Girl - this plot was constructed by a master and far superior. I was still not quite sure I had it at the end and it turns out I was nearly there, but not quite. The Detective at the centre of the investigation was also well rounded and believable. I hadn't read the Abbot's previous books about him so some of the past references were a little lost on me but it was still readable as stand alone book which is great as so many detective series rely on the back stories to propel the narrative. Cleverly you were teased with a sun-plot involving the death of his brother throughout the book which is left unresolved ready to pick up in the next book. Very clever.
After reading hundreds of thriller books I didn't think there was book left which could keep me guessing. Turns out I way wrong. Hats off to Rachel Abbott. I'm off to download the rest of the Tom Douglas books to find out what really happened to his brother.
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