Author: K.L. Slater
Publication: 16 Feb 2017 by Bookouture
Genre: Psychological thriller
Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
This is the first time that I have read a novel from the author so I’m not really sure what to expect other than it’s a psychological thriller. The book is divided into Parts One and Parts Two. The first part switched between Present Day and Three Years Earlier while the second part was all about the Present Day. Also, the story is being said from different points of view but mostly from the main character.
Toni was not a bad mother nor was she a good one. She was having trouble coping the lost of her husband and add up the pressure of having a new start at life. Instead of finding sanctuary in the arms of her Mum, she would feel even more inadequate for the role of mother to Evie. Though her daughter is everything to her, that reason alone is not enough for her to face the reality she is in, that is why she turns to sedatives to get some temporary relief.
Everything was smooth on the first few chapters (it even reminds me of The Girl On The Train). But when characters were being introduced one-by-one, to me, everyone started to become a possible suspect. In every end of a chapter and start of a new, I even started to think that they might all be connected and even planned the abduction. And you know what? It really got me confused! Especially when you get to the end of Part One. It was like a WTF moment for me. I literally had to stop reading and had to turn back a few pages to understand what was unfolding in front of me, like I might have missed something very important.
All characters played an important role that’s why the story telling was effective. You will really doubt whatever ideas that are forming in your head. So now, let me discuss the other characters (aside from Toni and her family) in short details so as not to give away who the suspect is. (Read the book if you want to know who it is.)
– Toni’s next door neighbor who had previously got into trouble with the cops. He took care of Evie (for a couple of hours) when they can’t wake up Toni from sleeping because of the pills.
– The teaching assistant at Evie’s new school. She lives with her mother who keeps mentioning about an arrival of a girl in their home.
– Toni’s main boss, the owner of the company she’s working in. He’s cheerful and seem to like her.
– Toni’s other boss. She doesn’t like Toni a bit. Once threatened her for ruining her plans at work. But then takes particular interest with Evie when she saw her.
– Toni’s workmate. She’s friendly but does not say much about herself except mentioning she has a sister who also has coping problems.
– Toni’s friend whom she calls when her emotions are taking its toll on her.
The Diary Person
– He/She writes down the troubles he caused on Toni’s family.
The revelation part of who took Evie was really quite unexpected. Like, who would have thought. However, for me, the reason behind the abduction was already too overused. I think it’s because the soap operas or drama shows here in the Philippines usually have that kind of plot line that I find it too annoying already.
But overall, I liked it. This should be turned into a movie. If you want something that’s mind-boggling, I suggest you read this! Right now!
P.S. And now I just realized why the title is such. Lol.