"Please don't let anything bad have happened to her, please don't let anything have happened to my baby...."
Marcus and Lena Fulford are the envy of their friends. Wealthy, attractive and successful, the couple, with their strikingly beautiful teenage daughter Amy, seem settled and content. But appearances mask a strained relationship almost at breaking point. Marcus's latest business venture has failed, draining Lena, the major breadwinner, dry. Putting Amy into weekly boarding school and striving to get her own career back on its feet, Lena remains alone in the luxurious family house as her marriage heads towards as amicable a divorce as she and Marcus can muster, and joint custody of their only child.
So when Amy arranges a sleepover with a school friend one weekend, neither parent sees the need to be in touch with her. Saturday, Sunday, Monday morning pass before Lena - seething from her first, unexpectedly confrontational, meeting with Marcus's divorce lawyer - phones Amy. Straight to Amy's voicemail. She must be in lessons. Lena sends a text. She waits. No reply, no contact whatsoever. It is only when Amy is reported missing from school and her friend's mother reveals that, instead of staying with them, Amy was visiting her father - a fact vehemently denied by Marcus - that Lena contacts the police. Her daughter has not been seen since Saturday afternoon.
Where is Amy? Is she alive or dead? Lies and betrayal mount as the hunt for a missing girl becomes a search for a body.
©2014 Lynda La Plante (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
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"Just a great read"
just loved this latest Lynda la plante book ,the story line is inventive and keeps you guessing throughout .the narrator had a great voice which kept me hooked.
Did the whole book whilst painting my living room ,a great read and can highly recommend the book.
"Amazing!! An ideal 'by the pool' holiday read"
What an amazing storyline. Good strong characters. A real page turner. Lots of twists and turns
"Lazy storytelling trading on the author's name"
The. Characters were unbelievable, the plot even more so. To enjoy a book, the writing must be engaging, and in this sort of thriller/detective story characters would have to act in a manner that is a least possible. A police officer overlooking child abuse because he quite liked the abuser after 20 minutes acqaitenance is just one of many plot flaws.
No, the genre is fine.
The reader was given a difficult job, but was reasonably engaging. I didn't think that having a mock phone line for telephone conversations added anything.
Sadly the detective, both parents, the daughter would be the minimum.
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