From Goodreads:“Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon. But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken. As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios—kidnapping, murder—seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers—and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.“
I loved this book when I read it in 2015, and even mentioned on my Goodreads review back then, that I could easily read it again as I loved the writing. Fast forward six years and a 99p deal on Kobo and I’ve read it again and loved it just as much!
The story is told by Jenny and it’s set in 2009 and 2010 with events leading up to her daughter’s disappearance and the aftermath. I loved the way this was written, in that the reveals came in dribs and drabs, so the whole story of Naomi’s disappearance isn’t revealed until towards the end.
I’ve got quite a good memory, so don’t normally read mysteries, thrillers or domestic dramas more than once, but this book was too good not be re-read. It gripped me just as much this second time around, and maybe even more so according to my Goodreads activity. Even though I knew the plot line I didn’t remember every twist or reveal which was great as I could delight in the cleverness of it.
I definitely recommend this one if you enjoy domestic dramas, thrillers or mysteries.