SHE WAS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. AND NOW SHE’S MISSING.
Unputdownable psychological suspense from an exciting new talent, perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and I Let You Go.
NOW YOU SEE HER
She’s playing at the school fete with your children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook, and look up again.
NOW YOU DON’T
Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.
Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable, tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.
Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PUT THINGS RIGHT?
Kids are slippery little buggers. I don’t have any of my own, but I do have 2 nieces and a nephew and this I know: avert your eyes for a nanosecond and they’re nowhere to be seen even though they were right next to you a moment before. Slippery. Little. Buggers. Fortunately, so far I’ve managed to never lose one, which is more than Charlotte can say!
Harriet, one of Charlotte closest friends, is extremely protective of her little girl, Alice, never lets her out of her sight, but then – completely out of character I might add – she asks Charlotte to take care of Alice for a few hours. So Charlotte takes Alice and her own kids to a school fete, lets them go on an inflatable and suddenly Alice is gone. Has she run away, was she taken, is her disappearance connected to the recent disappearance of a little boy? Just imagine! I would be devastated, entirely overcome by guilt, which is exactly how Charlotte feels. Not only does she have to deal with her own feelings of guilt, there’s also a bit of a witch hunt: what was she doing when Alice disappeared, why didn’t she notice that Alice was nowhere to be seen, was she (gasp!) on Facebook while the kids were on the inflatable?! However popular Charlotte used to be among the other mums, now she’s given the cold shoulder and she notices how the others go to whatever lengths they need to, to keep their kids away from her.
Meanwhile, there’s the police investigation into Alice’s disappearance, and most of what we get to see of this investigation is in the NOW chapters, where both Charlotte and Harriet are being questioned by the police about two weeks after the events. But why? Why them, why now?
This story raises a hell of a lot of questions. I thought I’d signed up for a pretty straightforward story about a child disappearing and its aftermath, but what I got was a multi-faceted, intricately woven thriller about keeping up appearances, about trust, friendship and love in all its forms. In other words: it exceeded my expectations and then some. It was gripping, it was addictive, I read it cover to cover in a day because once I noticed that there was more to this than meets the eye, I HAD to know what was going on.
Now You See Her is out now! Get it here!
Massive thanks to Rachel Kennedy for gifting me a copy of Now You See Her! All opinions are my own and I was not paid to give them.