It's Nina Landry's birthday, and she's supposed to have her kids ready to leave in a few hours for a Christmas holiday in Florida with her new boyfriend. But her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, spent the night at a friend's and hasn't come home yet. Not by 10 a.m., not by 11.....Nina is getting angry - they have a plane to catch, and Charlie hasn't even bothered to pack. As time passes, slower and slower by the minute, Nina becomes uneasy. Her anger gives way to worry, and that worry quickly builds into panic.By 1 p.m., she's wondering if Charlie has run away or if something far worse happened. And why won't anyone - not the cops, not Charlie's friends, not Charlie's father - take her disappearance seriously?As day turns to night at Nina's home on Sandling Island, 60 miles from London, a series of ominous secrets leads Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty. The question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island in time and more whether they'll ever leave it again.More
"This engrossing read captures the importance of the often overlooked and underappreciated minutiae of everyday life while commanding a deeply personal reaction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Nicci French...know[s] exactly how to maintain the tension....You live through every nail-biting minute." (The Guardian, UK)
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Anne Flosnik enlivens the writings of Nicci French
I recommend this book to all who enjoy fast-paced, if somewhat predictible, thrillers. Nicci French never disappoints in terms of offering entertaining reads that are both hard to put away and memorable. Anne Flosnik's voice is perfect for brining the Nicci French works to life.
I like Nicci French's engaging style because I always feel a kinship with the characters.
The protagonist is always my favorite character in any Nicci French novel, and Anne Flosnik's interpretations are always spot-on.
Gripping story about a mother's love
Tightly crafted suspense
Nina Landry, who never lets anything stand in her way of finding her daughter.
I didn't particularly like this narrator. She did an okay job, but her accent was a little too snooty for the character, in my opinion.
Can't share it without spoiling, so I won't answer that.
Lovely story as always from Nicci French!
- Chana Goanna