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Publisher's Summary

Previously published as Burnt Paper Sky.

Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son, Ben, is missing. But what really happened that fateful afternoon?

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust.

But can the nation trust Rachel? The clock is ticking to find Ben alive. Whose side are you on?

©2015 Gilly Macmillan (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning - it's completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read." (Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins)
"Every parent's nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened." (Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister and Afterwards)
"Tightly focussed and fast-paced. You won't rest until you really know what happened." (Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty One)
"Deft, tense and utterly gripping, Burnt Paper Sky stays with you long after the final page has been turned." (Tim Weaver)
"What an exciting debut! Burnt Paper Sky kept me up until the small hours, from the nightmarish moment when a mother first realises that her son has disappeared, to the dramatic denouement. Gilly Macmillan's voice is innovative and confident, and she creates a cast of very human characters. There's a page-turning urgency, combined with an insightful exploration of the emotional fall-out after the abduction of a small child. Meanwhile the media and internet community are shadowy figures whose pitiless speculation and harassment seem all too believable. Burnt Paper Sky is written with passion and insight. Bravo, Gilly Macmillan." (Charity Norman, author of After the Fall)
"What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. Burnt Paper Sky kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me)." (Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband's Secret)

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  • Lyndel
  • Lilydale, Australia
  • 02-08-17

Brilliant

No Spoilers.

Starts a little slowly but delivers mysteries with a surprising punch, from one suspect to the next I was captivated. After hundreds of mysteries and thrillers I have found it easy to pick the culprit/s not this time This is the first book I've read by this author, Congratulations. ... I really enjoyed it.
Worth noting is thel incite into characters and their impressive growth through the events unfolding.
I'm off to buy the next.....I have confidence it will be a cracker just like this was.
Now hurry and buy this excellent listen immediately.

lyndel
(I usually only review when a book is excellent and must be praised, or is dreadful, and feel others will appreciate the warning not to spend their hard earned money on a waste if time.)

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  • Ann D
  • 12-29-15

Barely interesting!

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The writing just clunked along. It may be interesting to discover the culprit at the end, but to get there we must go through many, many hours of a repetitive, predicable account of 'child goes missing, parents upset, Police search, nasty comments on social media'. For me, its not worth a credit. Returned.

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  • vivien j morris
  • 09-30-15

excellent story line, well read, highly recommend

After a slow start I found the story totally drew me in an d I could not stop listening to the story. Very cleverly interwoven and explored from the different aspects of the different people involved. Thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing book. highly recommend.

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  • Blackwolf
  • 01-26-16

Cracking story

What made the experience of listening to Burnt Paper Sky the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed listening to the different characters version of the story, a bit different to the usual crime novel .It also kept me guessing wrong all the way through brilliant .

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think more about the awful things parents must go through when a child is missing a lot of thought went into this book I think

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I would definetly recommend this book

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  • Chris
  • 03-13-16

Best this year so far.

This is a brilliant book and I could not stop listening to the story. It is such clever writing that you change who you think is guilty chapter by chapter. Good plausible story, excellent narration. Well recommended

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  • Sandra Robinson
  • 12-15-17

Well written but familiar story

Familiar storyline but not as predictable as some. Well written and narrated worth a listen

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  • Queenie
  • 08-12-17

Thought provoking

One could not help but think of people who had been through losing a child as illustrated in the book. Held my breath when he was found I so wanted him to be alive. Excellent story

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  • MikeyC
  • 01-05-17

Great page turner.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from a new author to me.
Very well read despite the male voice not sounding much like the policeman he was meant to be. Loved all the characters.

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  • Sophie S
  • 07-16-16

Confusing to follow but interesting enough

I'm afraid this didn't live up to expectation. There were so many side stories that the eventual revelation didn't really make sense. The characters weren't really believable, and there was nothing about them that made them distinguishable from the others. It's ok as a story but could have done with some more editing. The outcome did come as a surprise as I was pretty well confused about the other side plots. Good idea for a story but execution was a bit messy.

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  • Mrs G Simons
  • 03-14-16

Too long winded

This story could have been told in a couple of hours. It just seemed to go on and on....... But I did quite enjoy it.

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  • Donna
  • 03-05-16

a different read

I enjoyed this book although I found it difficult to read at times as it was quite thought provoking in parts. I carried on as I wanted to get closure for the characters. I'm glad I did as the end was a surprise. I would recommend this as a good suspense story.

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  • Deborah Shand
  • 02-20-17

Couple stop listening

Got through this in a few days because I couldn't stop listening. Great read. Highly recommended.

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  • Heidi
  • 05-07-16

A mother's worst nightmare

What a wonderful discovery! I loved this book - the characters are well drawn, the story moves at a good pace, and there are plenty of surprises in store. I was hooked! Every mother will find her worst nightmares embodies in the story, that of a missing child. How would you react? And would you suspect your nearest and dearest?
Very keen to read more from this author ....

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  • Kate
  • 04-20-16

Keeps you guessing

Written in an interesting voice - pretty addictive storyline. Worth a listen. I recall another review saying the writing style was a little young - I think I agree. Overall good story, well read, will try author again.