Publication Date: 18th May from Red Door Books
Source: Review Copy
One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive. How can she?
Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what’s been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.
Child Taken is a tense and beautifully addictive thriller that had an excellent premise – one of those books you just get sucked into and don’t want to stop reading.
There have been a few books about child abduction that I have read, I liked Child Taken for its differences – we have two missing girls, years apart, a journalist who becomes fascinated and obsessed with a story and a girl who is starting to question everything she has ever known. Darren Young layers the secrets beautifully, twisting and turning the story to the ultimate conclusion, strong and compelling character voices and enough unpredictability to make it a proper page turner.
I was very moved by Sandra, convinced her daughter is still alive, her life spirals downward, I spent the book mainly hoping for her to finally have peace. The author has a way of showing the emotion of things in a subtle and haunting way that just brings you into the world of the characters, another big plus for this one.
Overall a really excellent read – recommended.
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