What’s it about?
A teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next? Your daughter is in danger. But can you trust her? When Karen Finch’s seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state. Twelve hours later, Sophie’s friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found. Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack. As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another – Sophie
This book frustrated me more than once unfortunately. It started off so good though with a very strong opening. Sophie gets escorted home by the police early in the evening. She was found wandering around all alone. Where were her friends she went out with, her parents wonder, as did I. When she wakes up, she doesn’t remember anything after those last few words she had with Amy. Her mother thinks there is more to Sophie’s story and is determined to get to the bottom of it, so she asks Amy’s mother if she got home okay. But Amy didn’t come home. Her friend is reported missing and while Sophie wracks her foggy brain over what could have happened she gets a picture on her phone that places her in a delicate and humiliating position on the night she has no recollection of. Someone is threatening her, and soon even stalking her. Then a body is found near the roundabout where the police picked her up and she fears that she’s implicated somehow.
While Sophie does her best to hide things, her mother does her best to unearth the truth. What the police does in between is a little bit of a mystery to me. A bit of a shame really because I would have liked to read more of the police’s side too. It was weird that they don’t follow up on the taxi lead, which is the main clue it seems, and they don’t question any witnesses outside the friends group.
The most interesting character for me was Sophie’s mother Karen. She has agoraphobia and never leaves the house. Even thinking about it has her breathing in a panic in a paper bag. I found it very interesting to read about her condition and the impact it had on her and her family. She never falls out of her role which was really good because I don’t think there are miracle cures that make such an anxiety go away overnight. It was devastating though that her friend needed her the most and she wasn’t able to go out and be with her to offer her support. Her struggle was very well described. But even though I could mostly sympathize with Karen, I lost my patience with her a few times too. It’s just hard sometimes to put yourself in someone’s shoes like that.
What made me really want to slap her though was the fact that she thinks her daughter’s life might be in danger, whoever killed her daughter’s friend is still out there and has his sights on her daughter, but still she won’t involve the police. There comes a time when you should just know you have to call in the big guns. It was a stretch too far for me so overall I leave this with an all right feeling but it didn’t feel as spectacular as I thought it would.
I received a free copy of this novel from the publicist through Netgalley.