Title: the child in the photo.

AUTHOR: Kerry Wilkinson.
GENRE: Psychological Thriller.
PUBLICATION DATE: June 14th, 2021.

I stare at the newspaper article about a baby snatched from the back of a car thirty years ago, and wonder why someone would post it through my door. Looking closer, my blood freezes. The little girl in the photo has an unusual scar – just like mine. I’ve never met anyone with one like it. Is this stolen child… me?

Trembling with shock, I know I have to confront my mother. My parents got me through a horrific accident, helped me find a job I love teaching art, and even with buying my own house. But was it all built on lies?

She tells me the day I was born was the best day of her life, and I’m flooded with guilt for questioning her – but why do I catch her burning papers in the garden the next day?

Then I come home to find a woman sitting on my doorstep, covered in bruises and claiming she knows who abducted me. I don’t know if I can trust her – or if I’ll be the next to get hurt.

Because all the while, I’ve been hiding my own secret. Does whoever sent the article know what really happened the day of my accident? Desperate for the truth, I break into the house of my supposed kidnapper. Inside, I find a handwritten list of names. A shiver goes down my spine as I realise wasn’t the only child to be stolen.

Then I hear a key in the lock, and I know my life is in terrible danger…

An absolutely addictive read that will have you racing through the pages and questioning everything you thought you knew about your family. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for letting me read this book prior to its publication. My opinion is 100% honest, unbiased, and my own.

When I read the blurb for this book, I was intrigued and felt that it could be a story I would like and enjoy. Well, my disappointment was huge after only five chapters. I don’t like it when a synopsis misleads me, and this one did just that.

If the book promises me a big secret, I want to know about that secret. And if you say that someone’s life is in danger, I want to see that reflected in the book. But the blurb and the book didn’t have much to do with each other. That’s a huge pet peeve of mine.

Apart from that, the story was predictable, boring, and not very believable. There were some details that didn’t make sense to me and became plot holes.

Overall, very disappointed. So much that I can’t and won’t say anything else about this book.

So, for all of that, I give this book… 2 TEA CUPS!

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