Story is pretty straightforward; Olivia Adams comes back home after 13 years, her mother believes that she is who she says she is : her daughter. And there are those who are suspicious. Then there are hidden truths, the family secrets, domestic abuse, people wearing masks. And the main crux of the story who is Olivia?? why has she come back??
As usual, the author, Kerry Wilkinson, has written a fast book with a lot of hints thrown in. He has made a simple story into a mystery read with 20 year old secrets. He has touched upon a lot of sensitive topics, but being a book of suspense, not dealt with any of them.
His book is written in two viewpoints, the main character Olivia and a child Lily. So that gives a lot of hints of where the story is proceeding. Not much in depth development is done of any of the characters. But a lot of description is given to the details of their drinks at the pub.
I picked up the book for the mystery in the title and the blurb but soon realized that there are parts written which are quite slow, does not keep the adrenaline racing. I didn’t like any of the characters, they were all flawed but I couldn’t find any redeeming points to admire them.
But, all this does not take away the mystery from the story, it has its own fun to read, just not a nail biting one. To me, this was a light weekend read, where I read, wrote my review and didn’t go back to book to think about it. Onto my next read….
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
Kerry Wilkinson has been busy since turning thirty.
His first Jessica Daniel novel, Locked In/The Killer Inside, is a number one ebook bestseller, while the series as a whole has sold one million copies.
He has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thrillers, Down Among the Dead Men and No Place Like Home.
When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.
Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?
When six-year-old Olivia Adam’s disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village? And If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon? If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?
Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.
Publication date : 8th September 2017
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A light mystery read
A very valuable review for those readers I am sure.
Oh Kurian thank you so much for your kind words
You are always welcome Shalini
Thanks for the share. Cover looks interesting too.
Ok book not too great
Thank you for sharing Shalini.. I should definitely read to know who is Olivia 😛
That’s so sweet of you… Book is good fast and you will guess mid way through
I may like it because i like mystery books to read.
Great… All of Kerry Wilkinson books are of mystery. He writes only such books
Good to know. Thnks Hon!!!
This book is now going to take place in my reading list
How sweet. Thank you so much for that
Riya, bacha I have a question for you. You write very well. you
To continue, you have a great talent. Why do so many of your stories end in death or heart break. Life is do much more. Love is just a small part of it… Live know your strength as a human being.. Laugh be happy… Love what you do, work studies parents family. All the rest just falls into place. Sorry if I spoke too much. I want to read happy stories by you where the woman is strong
Thank you so much for such a caring comment, it literally brought tears in my eyes and yes all these stories are not part of life they are just my imagination. And I’ll try to write some happy stories. You’re great I must say. Thank you for you valuable time. 😇
I have lived many years on this earth. By experience I am telling you. Write about a strong woman, bacha, because love is important but the strength of a woman is far superior to all that… My observation. Keep writing.. Let me read all your stories… Make me happy… Make me laugh.. You have a great talent
I am so glad today for such a inspiring suggestion. I’d definitely do that. Thank you so much. You make my day😊
Then write… Keep writing… Good luck, girl… I will keep reading. Just send a link of your story here so that I get to read immediately… Thank you for understanding and giving me your patience to say what I want
It is your kindness that you spend your valuable time for an immature writer.
Naaaaaah, you are a very good writer…. Nothing immature about it. Just put it as a different view point, where a woman rises beyond….
Yes sure, I’ll do that.
Send me a link.. Next time you write. I would love to read your stories
We fall in love, riya, but we rise in life, however difficult… Just remember that…
All these stories are not part of my life anymore, now I know what the love is and I have someone very special in my life. This relationship gives me confidence and I feel complete now.
I am very happy for you… We all need people to love and who love us… Whatever kind the love be…
I’ve sent two links, I hope you’d like it. Your suggestion is important for me. Thank you 😇
Very nice girl… As I said before, you have talent keep on writing
Thanks a ton. It means a lot.
And if I have so sweet people like you in my life who cares for others too, my life is never going to be in darkness.
Darkness comes to all and it goes away
I love reading books in a snapshot in your reviews. You have a fantastic way of conveying your impressions. I easily as entertained (if not even more) with your reviews as I am with the books themselves! You’re so wonderful girl. 😊
Thank you so much… I generally try to be kind in reviews except when some things irritate me.
I did get brickbats for my review in the previous post by the author, the author’s friend. I have kept all their comments in the comments section. I still stand by my review whatever the western world thinks. Check it out… It was my first time of being criticised for my views
Just sent you the quick link
Haven’t been here for a while! Nothing has changed – your reviews are deeply valuable and extremely interesting. Thank you for providing us a huge source of knowledge!
Oh that’s fine.. Sometimes WP does not show all the posts.. Thank you for your kind words.
How many books have you read so far?
Jeni girl how are you? I have been reading for 40 years and novels for 37/38 years. Do you really expect me to keep count??? 😂😂😉😉😵😵😱😱
I’m sorry😀😀 I’ve asked a wrong question to you.
Hehehehe not a wrong questions just that it is quite a loooong list
Yeah..I don’t have that much time😀😀