Only 3 words come to mind when I sit down to write this review – I don’t know… Well I know many things but I don’t know what I have read… I know I have read a thriller but it seemed like a fantasy… Not witchy and faerie and magic kinds but unreal, unrelatable, and somewhat unlikable…
Scarlett the nanny was watching child Katie on the beach when she dozed off and the child disappeared. A cry was raised, cops were called, and the search was on.
This book by Claire Lewis confused the bejeesus out of me. Mother, though initially upset, soon went for mani-pedi and then drinks with her young boyfriend. So it was left to Scarlett to get to the truth. Parts of that investigation was good and seemed genuine.
But then again the characters behaved weirdly, idiotic would be the right word. Scarlett got into the jeep of the mother’s drunk boyfriend and allowed him to assault/molest her. The cop too used the heavy hand, read as assault, with Scarlet outside of police station for no reason. There were many other subplots which seemed to have been written without checking if they were plausible. They were just forcibly made to fit.
The arc interested me, I could guess the plot, but the rest were all a fantastical thriller.
I received a digital copy of the book from the publisher Aria and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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How do you write a review when you are confused?
When Scarlett falls asleep on a Caribbean beach she awakes to her worst nightmare – Katie is gone. With all fingers pointed to her Scarlett must risk everything to clear her name.
As Scarlett begins to unravel the complicated past of Katie’s mother she begins to think there’s more to Katie’s disappearance than meets the eye. But who would want to steal a child? And how did no-one see anything on the small island?
Time is running out and Scarlett is certain of only one thing – she didn’t kill Katie. Did she?
Publication Date: 5th March 2019
Sounds like a very strange reading experience. I think I’ll pass on this one.
I liked the missing child arc I guessed the basic plot.. But most reactions were weird
A missing child then the mother heads for a mani/pedi that is some weird behaviour!
Agreed… I suspected the mother initially… But then the plot became a convoluted but everyone’s reactions were a bit unreal…
This sounds a bit ish ish but its nice that you enjoyed some aspects of the book. I hope your next read will be much better though.
Thank you Diana. You are very sweet to say that ❤️
Perhaps another round with a good editor could fix some of these points for the author.
Maybe… But nobody seemed to have taken note when the earlier reviewers have said the same. So who knows 🤷🏻♀️
Your unluck streak continues – yikes! Bad book but lovely review. These are the hardest to write and you do it soooo well.
Yes and it continued on with thriller so I am on to cutesy book
Two stars…never a good sign. Onto better books, Shalini!
I have to find them… 😂 😂 Hence reading an easy breezy read ❤️
Well shucks! After reading your review, I’m confused, too. LOL. I’m sorry it didn’t pan out the way it should have. Better luck with the next one, Shalini. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever left a review about a book that confused me. But you did a marvelous job, as always. 🙂
Hahaha 😂 😂 I didn’t know what I was reading at times but in the whole could guess the plot through the scenes weirded me out!!
Nice review! 🙂
Thank you Raven ❤️
You’re welcome! 🙂
sounds weird! nice honest review, Shalini!
Thank you so much Yesha for your kind words… ❤️
Wonderful review, Shalini! This does sound iffy. I hope your next read is one you love!
I hope so too… Hence reading an easy breezy story
Umm…yeah… that’s just odd. yikes.
It sounds like a pretty confusing book and I can understand the difficulties of writing a review afterwards. It is pretty hard to know where to start whe you are not sure what you read. I always try to state what I disliked and why and I try to think about something positive about the book. I think the key is being honest about it without fully bashing the book.
I agree… But I sometimes bash the book if it frustrates me, then other readers bash me for the low rating… I wish they would tell me they don’t want my honest opinion…but most times I am nice..
Thank you for the review Shalini