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5.0 out of 5 starsAnother awesome book by Jess Ryder
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
I have loved every book written by this author, but this may be my new favorite! Definitely a wild ride that ends with a shock you won't see coming. I loved it!!
This book should have been a thriller, but somehow it doesn't quite hold the attention like it should. My main gripe is that the characters are so unlikable. Also, the characterization is shallow, and we actually get to know very little about them except superficialities. It could have been a nail-biting thriller, but the author doesn't pull it off. Also, the denouément of the mystery was like pulling a rabbit out of a hat ... a new, unknown character enters the scene, and her reasons for doing what she did are unconvincing. Not a bad book at all, but not as good as it could have been.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2021
The book sub-headline of "It only takes one night to destroy a family" and then the description referring to "My sister is distraught, my husband in pieces. But they wanted me to leave my child. How can I trust them?" are both inaccurate. Amber actually had two weekends away and it was both of them combined that culminated in little Mabel going missing. The second weekend away which was the one when the baby was taken was actually Amber's own decision and neither her husband or her sister encouraged her to take off the way she did. This made me feel the book was over-hyped and it did not deliver what was promised. I found the story was slow with not much happening until towards the end so it was absolutely not an absolutely unputdownable thriller.
Most of the characters were unpleasant which is fine as we don't need to like the main character to enjoy a book but to have only a small amount of characters with nearly all of them being so unlikeable is not a good idea. The book does pick up towards the end but once we know who the kidnapper is even the twist is predictable.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2020
Sounded like a great storyline but with there being so many similar ones it didn’t offer anything different. The description gives you a sense of what to expect but I’m not sure it delivered. It was very slow paced for the first half of the book and then it ramped up for the second. The main character Amber wasn’t a very likeable character and even though she was going through the motions of her child being abducted I couldn’t take to her. I did love reading the abductors point of view and it really added a creepy more sinister aspect to the book. It didn’t take a genius to work it all out so would have loved a bit more twists. Conclusion was rushed and almost like it happened in the background and your given the gist of it afterwards. It was a little predictable which is a pity as it could of gone a lot of ways. Easy read considering the topic.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2021
I love Jess Ryder’s books & this is no exception. I was a bit concerned by the few negative reviews but really didn’t need to be. Great character building, a very believable plot with many, many twists. I read the whole thing within 24 hours, I honestly couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t totally guess the ending; a couple of bits but then another surprise. It really was a rollercoaster. I know we all like different things, but if you’re a psychological thriller or especially a Jess Ryder fan, it definitely will not disappoint.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2020
The main character, Amber, is really unlikeable but apart from that, this is quite a good book. I like the way that every couple of chapters we get an insight into the kidnappers mind. I didnt like the way the kidnapper is revealed as a new character so far into the book but all in all it's a decent read.