Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.
The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.
After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few streets away. Relieved to have her youngest child back in her arms, breathing in the sweet scent of her hair, Gemma thinks the nightmare is over.
But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.
And she realises it’s only just beginning…
My verdict: This book was engaging and could easily be made into a mini series or movie. Shalini writes with such conviction and passion that you can’t help but feel enthralled at the car crash of events and she is able to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and shock you. Just when you think you’ve started to uncover the plot and it’s characters the writer throws us another curve ball. Fans of gone girl will love this. The fact that in this day and age we have a plethora of information available to us about our followers on social media and the internet it begs the question, do we really know anyone at all? That, and a mother’s instinct is always right.