Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Stolen by Lesley Pearse, read by Lucy Brownhill.
Sussex, 2003. When a beautiful blonde girl is found half-drowned on a beach, she has no memory of who she is or what horrors have left her there. But an article about her in a Brighton newspaper rings alarm bells for beautician Dale, who shows the police photographs of Lotte Wainright.
The girls met working on a cruise ship, and their friendship blossomed as they sailed the seas of South America, until Lotte fell under the sinister influence of an older American couple. To her regret, Dale hasn't seen Lotte since leaving the ship months earlier...but the girl on the beach - although badly bruised - is indeed her much missed friend.
Their reunion only marks the beginning of a dangerous tidal wave of secrets, lies and nightmares. Where has Lotte been? Who is the man who seems to want to kill her? And what has become of the baby she's recently given birth to? Dale and Lotte must dig deep and find the strength to hold on against the odds if they are to rebuild their friendship and survive Lotte's stolen - and deadly - past.
I am fairly new to Lesley Pearse books, was given a book as a gift and am now thoroughly hooked. magic story, narration very good and look forward to reading many more books. Can recommend this book as an excellent read/ listen.
The summary and I hate to say it, the cover art made me think this book was going to be a little “Nancy Drew-ish”. However, it was a pleasant surprise when the characters and plot developed more dimensionally and there was a lot more to the story than I anticipated. It’s no interweaving story of mystery and suspense, but it was entertaining enough.