Truly terrible. I just finished it and my overwhelming feeling is that I just wasted my time. The writing is okay. I generally like the alternating person POVs and this was probably the best part of the book. The general story is also basically interesting. The book gives you an insight into the police procedure work that goes into a case of child abduction. However, the writing is long winded and the author is unable to drive the plot forward with any conviction. I felt the book could have shaven off a third of its pages. I skimmed through significant parts of it waiting for the payoff. Unfortunately (no spoilers here), the payoff is completely not believable. The ending left me feeling ripped off.
I just finished reading this book and all I can think is... WOW! I don't think I've enjoyed another book as much as this In 2017. I began reading this book on a six hour flight and from the moment I began reading it... I couldn't put it down. I looked for any and every opportunity to read what would happen next... I desperately needed to know what happened to Benedict Finch. The book begins quickly, and then slows down a lot. Around 40% in it moves quickly again. From one plot twist to the next your mind is trying to solve this mystery. Who could it have been and why? Is the boy alive? Was he killed? This book captured me from the start and didn't let me go right until it ended. Even then, I am longing for more...
Sure it could have been fine being a hundred pages less but the descriptive words all helped develop each character.
The powerful quotes, the deep thoughts, they all made me reflect on my own life.
I would have rated this much higher but the ending was outright ridiculous. The story and the writing I actually enjoyed up until near the end as the mystery finally unfolded. I was really disappointed - I would rather have had a blah ending than one that left me irritated at it's conclusion.
Good, solid missing child, mother blamed story with twists and turns that keep the reader turning the next page. In my case, I read throughout the last two nights. Not just because of the suspense but also because I found that I cared about the characters and wanted them to be alright.
The story is told between really three people ... Rachel Jenner (mother), DI Clemo (lead detective) and a department assigned shrink. There are interwoven stories and I'm not sure if they should have all been included. There's an affair in the department (which I liked); a twist you never saw coming within the family (where I'm thinking What...unnecessary ); the role of social media.
The social media was almost a character itself. And I hate to think that what happened here is not a stretch. People are so cruel when they're able to stay anonymous online. And then here is one of the biggest twists! [So hard to write this review without spoilers!]
The violence to a key character in the end, and then a lack of follow-up did bother me as I didn't feel it had to happen. The book would have worked just as well without another tragedy.
Obviously I cannot say if the child was found or details there. Did I hope the book had a slightly different ending? Yes. But that's just me. The author's debut is so solid and I am going to look for her next one now. The pace is fast, the characters are so solid. I enjoyed how even the Detectives were given depth; not only the family and friends.
4.5 stars of 5.0. -------------------------- After thought: This is now a couple hours after I've left my review and I'm thinking about the many books I've been reading lately that are psychological suspense and crime that take place in the U.K. And I'm thinking that part of the reason I have enjoyed them especially is that these stories, if they took place in the U.S., would involve the use of guns. It would seem odd to me if they did NOT since that is simply how crime in the States goes down. But it's maybe even a more creative writing process for these situations in the U.K. because in all of these books, no one possesses the quick fix, a gun. I'm thinking of books like I See You by Clare Mackintosh and The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney.