What’s it about?
I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
A darkly gripping, page-turning thriller that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls and Mark Edwards.
This is my first time reading a novel by author Caroline Mitchell and dipping my toes into her signature genre. I was very curious to find out how she was going to incorporate paranormal crime in her book. Novels with a paranormal touch are a bit of a risk for me but I have to tell you that the balance and approach in this novel are just perfect, it’s not too much or over the top, and the context sits just right. In fact it’s really adding to this mysterious and creepy setting and makes you salivate for more.
I still have the first two novels in this series to read but time was too short to get acquainted so I delved right into this one and I didn’t have any problem following the storyline and getting to know the major players in this gripping mystery where DC Jennifer Knight is called in as Family Liaison Officer to assist with the disappearance of Abigail, one of the 9-year old twin girls of entrepreneur mum Joanna and father Nick, a police sergeant. Her sister Olivia has not spoken since Abigail’s disappearance. DC Knight is part of the Moonlight Op team, a team which was called in because strange things seem to have happened while Sue, as former FLO, was questioning the family. Joanna has the public opinion against her in no time when she’s doing an interview with a big smile on her face while her little girl is out there somewhere. There are also indications that Abigail’s father Nick is keeping secrets and his daughter Olivia might know something about it, only she’s not telling.
The paranormal touch consists mostly of the contact Jennifer can make with Abigail through her sister Olivia. Hearing her small pleading voice asking why they haven’t found her already is heart breaking and you feel the minutes ticking away. Jennifer stands for the difficult task to get as much information out of Olivia as she can. Between chapters we also catch glimpses of Abigail’s captor by means of Diary Entries and as we get to know more about this character the chilling factor raises with each new entry. I seem to be singled out here but not so long after the roundup of introductions I put my money on someone to be the culprit and it turned out I was right. I had a few moments that I started to doubt myself but I was glad my suspicions were confirmed, yet at the same time maybe a bit disappointed that it didn’t come as much as a surprise anymore, even though she kept some other good surprises up her sleeve too. I guess this is what happens when you are used to reading a lot of books. Nonetheless I found this to be a really good story that got me exited right from the moment that Jennifer set her high-heeled feet on the grounds of the dark, uninviting and derelict house called Blackwater Farm.
Overall, an enthralling read, a good plotline and brilliant writing.
I received a free copy of this book from Bookouture in exchange for my honest opinion.