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I picked up this book due to the cover and the missing child blurb, but I was left sorely disappointed with the way of writing.

The story went thus, child Josie was kidnapped from home, father tried to stop, was hit on the head and drugged and left elsewhere, the mother called the cops and investigations started, leading to twists.

My second and perhaps the last book by Jake Cross, the book left me disappointed as the prose didn’t read like a complete story, the dialogues were pretty bad. The twists were good, but they left me with more questions. There were many characters, at one point, I stopped trying to figure out who was who and just wanted to get to the part where the child was found.

The last reveal was exciting, though I wouldn’t say the author built it up well. There was hardly any suspense or thrill in the entire book which such a plot would warrant. The characters didn’t cosy up to me or make me want to root for them. A dialogue which haunted me, the mother was with the kidnappers and was afraid when one of them was about to put his hand between her legs but suddenly thinks she didn’t care as it might mellow him.

At that point, I stopped caring. I didn’t think the author understood how a woman or a mother would react when her child is gone. The love for the child was not shown well. So overall, it was an okay read, could have been so much better.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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You whispered goodnight to your daughter. You didn’t know that would be your last goodbye.

You wake up in the middle of the night.

Your five-year-old daughter is gone.

Your husband is nowhere to be seen.

Your family think he took her.

The police believe he’s guilty.

But he wouldn’t do that, would he?

He’s a loving father. A loving husband. Isn’t he?

Publication Date: 23rd April 2019

Publisher: Bookouture

50 Responses

    1. For developed countries, there are libraries and charity shops, we don’t have any of these. So for us, books are a luxury unless we are very rich. I am not and hence I have to save money to buy a book. There are many like me in this world. So I think I have got to be honest.

      1. You are Shalini, and you are honoured for your clear words in reviewing. Thank you! MIchael

        Btw: Here we have libraries, but the people are not visiting them for reading, only some elders for handcraftig or drinking (free) coffee. Our mayor call this “incresing interest of the citizens to collect knowledge. Lol Best wishes from this crazy village. Michael

          1. Congratulations on your new book.. I haven’t read the previous anf you have a new one happening… Sheesh!!

    1. Hahaha I would have loved to hear your response to scene where the kidnapper touches her crotch and she thinks it will mellow him down. Yuck, I cringe

    1. Hehehe I sometimes feel my eyebrows would be forever stuck to the hairline at the expression I have when I read certain books. 🙄😝😲

  1. Doesn’t sound like one I’d enjoy after reading your review. Sorry it wasn’t better! I appreciate your honest review, Shalini. ❤

    1. Thank you Jenn. I didn’t like it much. I haven’t read a thing after this book. Need to start something to get over this book

  2. I’m sorry this was such a disappointment. I got halfway finished with a book last night and finally just gave up. It kept getting more and more ridiculous the longer I kept reading. I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or what but, geesh, sometimes the silliness is just too much! I love a good honest review Shalini – thank you!

    1. Thanks Mackey.. I feel some days I am pretty unforgiving if the book doesn’t make me happy. I want basic stuff a good story and good writing…
      I am going through some stuff I need distractions 🤷‍♀️❤️

  3. Sorry this one didn’t work out well for you Shalini. I ended up skipping it because the author’s first book didn’t go well for me either. I hope your next read will be a good one though. Great, well-balanced review.

    1. I didn’t like the first book… I always give a second chance.. Well this was my last. 😂😂
      I am reading the dare by Carol Wyer… I am supposed to review it today… 😂 But I have just started.. Ah well

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