I've never posted a book review before, but this beautifully written psychological thriller seemed like the perfect read to start with! I loved this book, with its captivating, intricate plot paved out with mystery and secrets that you become desperate to understand. This is the sort of book that you could easily read in one sitting, and become more and more intrigued by with each page.
The story revolves around the disappearance of eighteen year old Rosie from her seemingly perfect loving family in a quiet idyllic country village. As the village attempts to come to terms with the disappearances of one of their own, family friend Kate finds herself entwined in the aftermath of Rosie's disappearance and desperately trying to uncover what's happened to her. With her whole life ahead of her, who would want to harm a kind and beautiful girl like Rosie, and most importantly, why? The books many twists and turns investigate what's happened to Rosie, but also explore what happens to a family following a tragedy such as a child going missing. How can they possibly recover? And is there any such thing as a 'normal' reaction?
"Then the voice start. The secrets no one must ever know, that aren't secrets any more because I can hear them. The face that was always watching me, that knows the truth. I'm looking at a movie of my life." Rosie
The plot interweaves the events following Rosie's disappearance, with Rosie reliving a highlight reel of her life, this time acting as an observer to her own childhood. The book really highlights the secrets people hide and the lives they lead behind closed doors, with more and more being slowly revealed about the people closest to Rosie.
"I have a gardener's inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer. Children who don't die before their parents." Kate
Both Rosie and Kate are extremely likeable characters, with sweet, gentle, caring Rosie showing so many layers to her character and appearing wise beyond her years. Meanwhile Kate plays the loving mother and friend who becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering what's happened to the quiet and gentle girl who helped with her horses. Ultimately the story revolves around why a beautiful, kind girl like Rosie just disappears in the middle of the night, and the mystery of what's happened to her will keep you guessing until the very end.
You'll like this if you liked: The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go.
Have any of you guys read this book? Or if you've got any reading recommendations!