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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
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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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By Lyndel on 02-08-17


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.

(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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By Ann D on 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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By vivien j morris on 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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Deborah Shand on 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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By Heidi on 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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