4 Page turning stars for the book🌟2 stars for the blurb🌟🌟
The perfect family… or the perfect lie?
When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbour would do: she calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe.
Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma’s picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services.
As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she’s been keeping.
But who has Rosie been confiding in when Gemma’s back is turned? And why has she lied to the police?
When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she finds a little pink diary containing a truth even more devastating than the lie…
This book was very good, kept me turning those pages to see what was going to happen next…. although I would classify this more as a domestic thriller rather than a psychological thriller…. The book did a fantastic job touching on family dynamics….
Gamma was such a relatable character, living out every mothers nightmare…. as a Mom myself, I know there have been times I’ve thought to myself ~I hope nobody was walking by hearing my child scream like that, they’d probably call the authorities~….. well this is what happens to Gamma when her nosy neighbor Mira calls the authorities, after hearing 10-year-old Rosie screaming at night…..
Rosie quite honestly is every mothers nightmare as well…. I have a daughter who has some sass, but things that came out of Rosie’s mouth and her actions were so cringe worthy…. I seriously wanted to reach into the pages and smack the girl myself, she just was a piece of work that girl!
Mira has some major issues of her own…. The woman is so miserable and she has a husband who brings her champagne and chocolate while she is in the bath….who does this? So miserable Mira with the doting husband takes it upon herself to save bratty Rosie…..
Really felt awful for Gamma she was a good person just trying to be a good mother and just put into such a horrible situation…. she did have a pretty good support system with her husband, her mother and her best friend, but even their faith in her dwindles at times….
My only problem with this book was the ending…. there were some lessons to be learned, because lots of things went sideways because people were lying…. also nobody suffered any consequences in the end from behaving badly…. it was a little too much of a fairytale ending with a slight twist….
I would absolutely recommend this to people who enjoy a good domestic drama filled thriller with well-developed characters….
PS: the blurb….. don’t read the blurb….. it really has nothing to do with the book, and it mentions something that happens well after 60 percent of the book is over…. I often wonder who writes the blurbs for these books? Because this blurb does not fit this book…. and it is a good book that deserves a better blurb!
*** i’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review***