What happens when your worst fear comes true? A gripping suspense novel from Kelly Simmons, perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher, Jill Childs and Linda Green.
'An electrifying debut. The perfect read for a stormy night' Publishers Weekly
When Maggie's daughter Emma goes away to college, she can't shake the feeling that something awful is about to happen. She puts it down to parental anxiety, but the feeling doesn't go away.
And then, just as Maggie starts to relax, her daughter vanishes.
Emma's dorm room is found completely empty, as if she never lived there, and her roommates are more sinister than friendly. As Maggie combs the campus for signs of her lost child, she finds out more about Emma's life than she ever expected...
An unforgettable, chilling page-turner about heartbreak and betrayal, and the secrets that come to the surface when the person keeping them is gone.
Praise for Kelly Simmons' writing...
'Beautifully dark, totally devastating and so riveting you might find yourself gripping the pages' Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
'It's a rare novel that combines intrigue and suspense with so much heart--but that's what makes it one of my favorite new books of this winter' Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of Things You Won't Say and The Opposite of Me
'Twisty, psychologically deft and wildly original, it'll have you guessing until the very end. Utterly mesmerizing.' - Megan Abbott, author of The Fever
'A smart, simmering page turner' - New York Journal of Books
Maggie O'Farrell, the heroine of this uneven psychological thriller from Simmons (One More Day), has always been close to her only child, Emma, and her worries about her college-age daughter have ramped up since drug dealers murdered her police officer husband. When Emma began attending Semper University in North Philadelphia, Maggie became one of those helicopter parents she used to deride and she bombarded Emma with so many texts and face-time sessions that Emma finally asked her mother to limit their communication. Maggie's anxieties may now be well-founded when the police show up to tell her that Emma is missing. On a visit to the campus, Maggie is stunned to find out that Emma's dorm room has none of her possessions and her phone is stashed in a roommate's drawer. Chapters alternate between Maggie's search and the events leading up to Emma's disappearance, including her efforts to fit in with her mean-girl roommates. Simmons does a good job depicting Maggie's distress and Emma's self-discovery process, but empathy for mother and daughter diminishes as the plot becomes tedious and repetitive. Hopefully, Simmons will return to form next time.