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The story arc caught my eye – a mother searching for her 16 year old daughter even after 2 years of her running away from home.

Kate volunteered at the Message in a Bottle helpline center which passed on the message of the runaway to their parents, no questions asked. It was a safe place till she got a call from a girl whose voice sounded just like Sophie’s. In fact, Kate was the only one who knew it was Sophie. Then began a mother’s real journey to get her daughter back home, and nobody could stand in her way..

A fantastic book by author Emma Rowley, it kept me hooked through the morning. I just couldn’t stop reading it. I needed to know if the mother would ever find her daughter and if she was alive or dead. I craved so desperately to know what had happened to her. I was even tempted to read the ending when the suspense got the better of me. But I resisted. I think I am crazy about the missing child trope, it never gets old with me.

The author has captured a mother’s desperation beautifully in this book. She was every mother’s nightmare. Kate was shown as a broken mother who couldn’t seem to function even after 2 years. She required pills to sleep through the night. Every moment of the waking hour was spent sending requests for information about her daughter online. Everyone gave up, but she didn’t. Her need to get her daughter home was greater than her need to breathe. The cops too didn’t follow up on the clues given by Kate.

The story followed the twists, slow beginning and certain rushed parts did niggle me, but they were just minor detours in an overall thrilling story.

I was thoroughly hooked into the book to the extent I went for a walk with my kindle, it simply showed my love for it. But it was actually the book’s fault, it didn’t let go of me. I loved the book, it loved me back. It was delightfully mutual.

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

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Emma Rowley is a writer, ghostwriter and editor with a background in journalism – formerly of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. A graduate in Classics and English at Oxford University, she trained as a journalist on the prestigious City University course. Emma has spent considerable time in the courts and covering major crime stories. She lives in London.


I volunteer at a missing persons helpline – young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked.

I don’t get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.

But today a girl named Sophie called.

I’m supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.

The problem is, Sophie isn’t safe.

The gripping, twisty psychological thriller about a mother working at a Missing Persons helpline who receives a desperate phone call from her own daughter, who has been missing for two years.

Publication Date: 30th April 2019

Publisher: Kensington Books

31 Responses

  1. Oooh! This sounds delightfully tingling and suspenseful! Your review makes me want to stop whatever I’m working on and go download the book right now! 🙂 Another awesome review, Shalini. Have a great weekend! 🙂

    1. This was really good.. You are a wonderful mother Leslie. Happy mother’s day.. I hope your daughter hugs you the whole day

      1. Awww! Thank you! You’re too sweet. Motherhood does have it’s moments, but mostly, it’s a true joy and I can’t imagine my life without my daughter in it (and yes, we’re back on the tramp now that spring is here). Burning off some of that winter fat. 🙂 Have a fabulous week, Shalini! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Aaw, always lovely to be loved back by a book. This sounds like such a special read, Shalini. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

  3. Ooh, this sounds like an intriguing read! I’m already super curious about whether that was her daughter who called in and if she found her in the end. I’ll be looking out for this one! Great review 🙂

  4. You be careful reading/walking – don’t want you to fall in a hole or get run over during a thrilling scene, or gasp – drop and harm your precious Kindle 😉

    1. Hahahaha I was I was… I kept to safe oft traveled paths so I was safe. I suddenly stand still during the thrilling scene.. Others who are walking/ jogging hate me 😂😂😂

      1. Haha 😀 Sorry, sorry Shalini, I wasn’t really asking you about the problem. I was just annoyed to see it black. I think it was just the app giving me trouble. I’m on my pc now and can read your review just fine. 🙂
        I love your review! And it’s starting to be your fault that my TBR is growing considerably big, just as it’s the book’s fault you have to walk with a kindle in the hand. Oh my god, how can you do that? I can’t read anything while walking, I become dizzy.
        Anyway, this book truly sounds exciting and frightening.

        1. I too can’t do that with a physical book, with kindle I increase the font and then I can read pretty well even when the focal length of the eyes changes.

    1. Thank you Christopher… I liked this a lot… I didn’t think I would like it from the cover bit it surprised me completely

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