Drew me in, Vick's writing style is so magnetic, it kept me wanting to know more. The title and summary put me off a bit....there are so many books about children gone missing. But once I started reading I was hooked. She is a truly gifted writer. The theme about Angela's mediumship ability caught me off guard as I have recently come into my own gift of mediumship, and was pleasantly surprised by this added twist.
The characters are so well developed that though there are many, they are each very distinct- no confusion or constant rereading to get them straight.
The two little girls had a very complicated yet strong friendship. I instantly disliked Lisa, the ringmaster and the way she treated Kirsty, She was abusive & manipulative & careless with her friendship. The twist was so unexpected and brought the story to a whole new level. The main theme of the story was Kirsty having the courage to face the demons of her past and finding that memories become distorted and exagerated and created havoc in her adult life. But once brought to light are mere shadows, ghosts with no real substance. Learning the truth through the eyes of an adult, Kirsty was finally freed from the nightmarish past that haunted her her entire life.
Unique story. Fast paced and suspenseful, it was a pleasure to read. Plan on reading Liars next....Bad Little Girl was also exceptional.
Don't pass this one up!