The gripping, unputdownable new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Loving Husband
Your best friend will always be there for you...won't she?
Have you ever had that sense that you're being watched? And you turn, suddenly, but it's just a curtain, blowing in the wind? Or the dress hanging in the doorway?
Nat knows something's wrong. Her best friend, Beth, would never have upped and left without saying goodbye to her. But no one believes that Beth was taken - she is a fly-by-night, a party girl who can't be trusted. No one's listening to Nat.
But someone is definitely watching her...
Set in an unnamed English village, this sluggish psychological thriller from Kent (The Loving Husband) focuses on the disappearance of barmaid Beth Maxwell. Beth supposedly texted her boss to say that she was running away with a man she met up north, but that story doesn't sit right with Beth's best friend and coworker, Natalie Cooper. Texts and calls to Beth go unanswered, and when Nat discovers that Beth's belongings are still in her apartment, she begs the police to investigate. They dismiss her concerns, instead choosing to focus on the murder of a local boy whose corpse was dumped in the weir. Meanwhile, Nat's favorite customer, 92-year-old Victor Powell, knows that he witnessed something that the authorities should know about, but, thanks to his recent stroke, he can't remember what. An early lack of action or tension and a clich d, cartoonish killer allow the central mystery to be upstaged by a subplot involving Victor: the hospitalized nonagenarian's desperate quest to save his daughter and grandson from his abusive son-in-law redeems Kent's otherwise lackluster tale.