THE UNMISSABLE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER WITH A SHOCKING TWIST
'Haunting . . . this story will stay with you' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife & The Dead Ex
Would you risk your life to save a stranger?
A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the 'Dear Amy' advice column, receives a letter:
I've been kidnapped by a strange man.
I don't know where I am.
Please help me,
This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago.
As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and - unlike the police - convinced that the girls' disappearances are connected.
Solving this puzzle could save someone's life - but could it also cost Margot her own?
'A first-rate psychological thriller. It's simply impossible to guess what's coming next' Irish Independent
'Terrific - delivers suspense, twists and smart writing' Julia Heaberlin, author of Sunday Times bestselling Black-Eyed Susans
'Skilfully handled. An accomplished psychological thriller' Daily Mail
Margot Lewis, the prickly heroine of Callaghan's solid debut, teaches at prestigious St. Hilda's Academy in Cambridge, England. In her spare time, she writes the "Dear Amy" advice column for a local newspaper in her spare time. Meanwhile, Margot is about to get divorced from her handsome, philandering husband, Eddy, who knows more about her checkered history than she'd like. When she receives a letter purporting to be from Bethan Avery, a girl who disappeared as a teenager in 1998, Margot is unnerved, but becomes more so as more letters arrive, especially since they remind her of the recent disappearance of a St. Hilda's student, 15-year-old Katie Browne, whom police are treating as a runaway, despite Margot's suspicions. Margot teams with a Cambridge University criminologist, Martin Forrester, the head of the Multi-Disciplinary Historical Analysis Team, to analyze the letters, which appear to be written by Bethan. While the reader might guess the links between the current-day abduction and the earlier crime, Callaghan keeps the suspense high throughout.
Who to trust
"Wise men speak when they have something to say; fools speak when they have to say something." How true is that phrase? I can think of many this applies to...and not just men!!
Dear Amy came up as one of THE books to read this summer - a debut to watch according to Deadgood Books so I knew I wanted to read. So I was made up when the publisher approved my request through Netgalley.
Helen Callaghan definitely has a way with words. The way she described the head nun Mother Cecilia as a "female Gandalf" with a "hothouse brain" and "alchemy wizardry" conjures up such an image of the character.
The first half story is sinister at points but not a goose-bump chilling thriller; but as the story unfolds, it gets darker, the tension builds and the twists start to appear.
Helen Callaghan's debut is a brilliant read that keeps you guessing all the way. I did question and mistrust a number of characters throughout the story.
Big thank you to Penguin UK, Michael Joseph and Netgalley for sending me an advanced copy of Dear Amy in return for my unbiased review.
Loved this book, easy read and very clever!
Couldn’t stop reading
I got back into reading about a year ago and started with this book. I never left a review and I can’t believe I didn’t. I tell everyone to read this book. It’s amazing it’s so gripping I love Helen Callaghan way of writing it’s so unquestionably amazing!