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Publisher's Summary

The latest thriller from the Dagger-shortlisted author of The Boy at the Door and The Heart Keeper.

Who took Lucia Blix? Lucia went home from school with her new friend Josie for a playdate. Later that evening, Lucia's mother, Elisa, dropped her overnight things round and kissed her little girl goodnight. That was the last time she saw her daughter. The next morning, when Lucia's dad arrived to pick her up, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia. Have you seen Lucia?

©2020 Alex Dahl (P)2020 Head of Zeus

Critic Reviews

"Turns the raw power of maternal feeling into a gripping plot.... The author keeps the reader on tenterhooks with a deft balance of nail-biting tension and pure sympathy for her twisted heroine.” (Sunday Times)  

“Dahl's sharp characterisations make her story feel fresh.” (Sunday Express)  

“Intriguing and believable.... At once a compelling thriller and a beautiful meditation on grief." (Jane Shemilt) 

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 24-11-2020

Stretches credibility rather too far!

Yes, this stretches credibility too far at crucial points in this complex plot - but perhaps that doesn't matter in a crime thriller? I can't give examples without spoiling some of the twists in this twisty brimming-with-secrets tale On the positive side, the desolation of Elisa when she finds that her daughter Lucia has been abducted and for the ensuing months of anguish are well created, Lucia's experiences were also well written, and I liked the Norwegian and French settings. The multiple voices in the different chapters made for variety - as in the sub plot of the woman journalist, and of Lucia herself. The prisoner Marcus remains a mysterious character until one of the twists finally reveals his part in Elisa's backstory. I found the characters female-heavy, not surprisingly from a woman author perhaps; Elisa's husband Frederick for example fades away to nothing as the novel gathers pace. BUT the whole production is completely ruined by the narrator who reads Elisa's part. Oh dear! What an appalling performance! Why didn't someone stop her and say after the first five minutes 'OK, you've done the breathy stuff, now shape up!' Her gasping breaths continue for the entire book - intensely irritating and making the listener's heart sink as Elisa's turn with the narrative comes, totally losing sympathy for this melodramatic woman.

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  • Marta Redding
  • 02-10-2020

Ok

I felt myself switching off at times. Ok storyline but not fond of Elisas narration

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  • Sarah Brackenbury
  • 19-07-2020

Too long and drawn out!

Oh my GOD. The narrator for Elisa was AWFUL. She punctuated EVERY sentence with a sharp intake of breath and it drove me insane. The storyline was far fetched and so drawn out that I skipped through large parts of it and was STILL able to work the ‘twist’ out. All of the adult characters were horrible and it left me feeling angry and depressed. Avoid.

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  • Trine Bretteville
  • 14-07-2020

Gripping story

Every parents’ nightmare when their 7-year old daughter disappears on a play date. Action-packed, with a great storyline, I just had to keep listening and listening to hear what would happen next. Really good ending. I highly recommend this book! Note on performances: I didn’t really like Elisa’s voice, unfortunately, but as there are several points of views that are read by different people it worked out fine all the same

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