From the author of acclaimed thriller 'The Detective's Daughter' A spellbinding mystery of obsession and guilt, this is also the poignant story of what happens to those left behind when a child vanishes without trace. It is the summer of 1968, the day Senator Robert Kennedy is shot. Two nine-year-old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted village. Alice has discovered a secret about Eleanor Ramsay's mother, and is taunting the other girl. When it is Eleanor's turn to hide, Alice disappears. Years later, an extraordinary turn of events opens up shocking truths for the Ramsay family and all who knew the missing girl.
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Compelling and satisfying read
This is a great book; it combines the satisfying complexity and sophistication of a literary novel with a thrilling, page-turning and compelling 'can't put it down' quality. In the first part, the atmoshperic portrayal of the secretive Ramsay family is brilliant and convincing and I found myself completely absorbed by the inner world of the two girls, especially Eleanor, much of which reminded me of my own childhood. The pace of the latter parts of the book makes it gripping, as the plot twists and turns in a way that I didn't see coming at all. I have just re-read this book on my Kindle, having read the print copy last year, and enjoyed it just as much the second time round, as I could more fully appreciate the writing and the way the characters are developed. You will want to read it again. Great stuff - I highly recommend it.