My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago.
When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Abducted, hidden, and abused, Tash has reached breaking point. She escapes her captor, promising to come back for Piper.
The case is closed. But clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, haven't given up. They uncover a chilling link to the missing girls and force the police to re-open the case. But they are racing against time to save Piper from an abductor with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.
Praise for Michael Robotham's writing:
'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' The Times
'Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them' Linwood Barclay
'Superbly exciting ... a terrific read' Guardian
'A nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master' Stephen King on Life or Death
In Ned Kelly Award winner Robotham s taut seventh psychological thriller featuring psychologist Joe O Loughlin and retired cop Vincent Ruiz (after 2011 s The Wreckage), the Oxford police approach Joe for help in profiling a suspect, Augie Shaw. Accused of murdering Patricia and William Heyman in the couple s farmhouse during a blizzard, Shaw strikes Joe as an unlikely killer since he suffers from delusions and possibly schizophrenia. Interwoven with Joe s investigation are journal entries by 18-year-old Piper Hadley, who was kidnapped along with her best friend, Tash McBain three years earlier and is still being held. Known as the Bingham Girls, Piper and Tash dominated the news but when no clues turned up, it was assumed they ran away. When links arise between the Heyman murders and the unsolved kidnapping, Joe and Vincent work to reopen the girls case and find them before it s too late. Robotham doesn t shy away from the unsettling, but he never seeks merely to titillate.