This book features what must be every parent's worst nightmare - turning your back just for a moment and your child has disappeared. For Lisa Dale that is exactly what happens when she is playing hide and seek with her daughter in the park. The book focuses on how she and her family cope in the aftermath of four year old Ella disappearing... the investigation and the villain’s POV.
What we get as readers is also chapters from the person who has taken Ella, which as the story proceeds becomes slightly disturbing. It also means the suspense or the whodunnit isn’t there like other books in this genre.
Due to being able to see what was going on from all sides, meant I found the book easy to follow, but apart from "oh that's how it fits together" moments, nothing seemed to surprise, and it didn't really get under my skin the way psychological drama books normally tend to.
Ultimately, this was quite a clever plot it was certainly creepy as far as the villain, Muriel was concerned and the background to her unhappy and obsessive behaviour was told well.
Although I liked the way things all came together, it could have been more compelling if there was a real cliffhanger, with more potential suspects and motives. I felt the ending was too abrupt - an epilogue a year later would have been interesting. Still, a worthwhile read somewhere between a 3 & 4 Stars.
An interesting book as from the outset we know what is happening with the child who has been abducted. I didn't find it particularly gripping but rather there was an overall sadness throughout the book that made me want to read on. There were several points where I felt an emotional shock. "Oh no" moments rather than "OMG" moments! Definitely a thought-provoking read and an interesting change in perception from many other books of a similar type.