A very unexpected read on domestic violence and the need to escape the situation at home. Officer Ellie gets a frantic call from a woman Nova that her child Lily had been kidnapped by her husband. Nova had run away from his house to escape his abuse, and apparently, he had found her and taken the child to punish her. Ellie investigates, goes to the husband Martin’s home, but there is no trace of child Lily ever being born, but instead there is a file at the local police station about Nova’s violence, psychosis, and community sentence. Who is lying and how will Ellie get to the truth?
My first book by Carrisa Ann Lynch, and OH MY!! What a book!! This was both a thriller and a domestic noir. The story was told from the POV of three women Ellie, Nova, and the owner of the cabin Nova had rented secretly. The story took its twists and turns, each character leapt off the pages at different times. At one point, I was not sure who, the husband or the wife, was lying. I too didn’t see evidence of child Lily, hence that made me doubt their statement versions.
I liked the rigmarole which was created, it felt like I was in a house of mirrors. The story was clear in its investigation but so confusing in the evidence given by all of them. I liked Officer Ellie. Sometimes being a woman in an essentially male dominated career is difficult, but Ellie carried off the mantle of strength proudly. Domestic violence was shown well, and I was really scared of Martin and his brand of evil.
Alas, my niggles… I wanted more of a thrill, the story, though complete, lacked a certain X factor to pull me in completely. But the onus of that could be on me personally. I have great expectations from the stories I like. Making the beginning read faster and the ending slower would have helped.
Overall, a gripping read which took me on a merry ride for a few hours.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Killer Reads, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Carissa Ann Lynch is a USA Today bestselling author. She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with her husband, children, and collection of books. She’s always loved to read and never considered herself a “writer” until a few years ago when she couldn’t find a book to read and decided to try writing her own story. With a background in psychology, she’s always been a little obsessed with the darker areas of the mind and social problems.
A little girl has gone missing.
Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.
Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?
At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…
Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?
Publication Date: 5th April 2019
Publisher: Killer Reads
Talk about unreliable narrators. Definitely sound like your kind of twists and turns.
Doesn’t it? I was very surprised with this book. It didn’t receive much publicity. At 200 pages, it was a fun read
Oh not too long at all. That helped I’m sure with you trying to get through your TBR!
I always want to see what your niggles are as I usually have the same reaction, we are twinsy nigglers ~ snort!
Hehehe… Your smirks mean book is a hit… My smirks mean I am angry and sarcastic
good detailed review shalini
Thank you so much ❤️
I love the part about your niggles because it helps me decide on whether or not I need another book added to my list :p But I have a good feeling about this one!! Great review!
I liked this book too on the whole Meggy. It was fun and somehow it didn’t seem to have received a lot of publicity in the blogging world
There are so many books out there… That’s why we’re here! To shout about ALL the books!
Awesome review! Good that this was such a gripping read!
This was a great read which didn’t get much of a buzz happening during its release