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'Beautifully written, incredibly evocative with a real sense of place and of the sea. Heart-stoppingly tense' Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CHALET
'Fiendishly clever' Sunday Times
The new pulse-pounding thriller from the bestselling author of THE MEMORY WOOD.
HOW DID IT COME TO THIS?
The news doesn't strike cleanly, like a guillotine's blade. Nothing so merciful. This news is a slovenly traveller, dragging its feet, gradually revealing its horrors. And it announces itself first with violence - the urgent hammering of fists on the front door.
Life can change in a heartbeat.
Lucy has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the clifftops, a devoted husband and two beloved children.
Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy's husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder - what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now?
As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened onboard. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a living nightmare . . .
Wherever her husband is, he isn't alone. Because their children are missing, too.
Praise for Sam Lloyd:
'Lloyd is a rare new thriller talent.' Daily Mail
'Stunning prose and compulsive reading.' Lesley Kara
'An intense, atmospheric, and truly original thriller.' Shari Lapena
'A beautifully written, fast-paced thriller.' Heat
'A darkly chilling and original novel . . . a series of twists keeps readers captivated until a shocking climax.' Daily Express
'Brilliant writing, a terrifying story, and characters so real it feels like you know them.' Samantha Downing
'A truly chilling story.' Woman & Home
Set on the Devon coast, this uneven thriller from British author Lloyd (The Memory Wood) starts more strongly than it finishes. Lucy Locke has managed to make her business, the Drift Net a combination live-music venue, gallery space for local artists, and eatery a mainstay in her community. She's also found a measure of domestic tranquility with her husband, Daniel; their 12-year-old son, Fin; and her 18-year-old daughter, Billie, from a prior marriage. Then Daniel's boat is found drifting at sea with no one on board. Lucy is unable to reach her spouse by phone, and her alarm increases when she stops by Fin's school, only to be told that Daniel had signed the boy out for a nonexistent dental appointment. The police and coast guard begin a massive search, leading to a grim discovery that shakes Lucy to her foundations and exposes a violent episode in her past that may connect with the current tragedy. There are multiple surprising twists en route to the truth about her family, but the ultimate reveal is a letdown and the climax is heavier on gore than suspense. Hopefully, Lloyd will return to form next time.