Synopsis: A woman’s body is discovered on a Cornish farm, battered and left for dead in a maize field. Airlifted to hospital, her life hanging in the balance, no one’s sure who she is. Three days later she comes round, but her memory is damaged. She knows her name – Evie – but no more, until she remembers another name. Angel – her three-year-old daughter.
As the police circulate Evie’s photo, someone recognizes her. Charlotte knew her years ago, at school, when another child went missing. Leah Danning, who vanished whilst in Evie’s care.
When the police search Evie’s home, there’s no sign of Angel. More disturbingly, there’s no evidence that she ever lived there, forcing the police to question whether Evie’s having some kind of breakdown.
But even from the darkest place she’s ever known, Evie believes her daughter is alive. The police remain unconvinced – unaware that on the fringes of Evie’s life, there’s someone else. Someone hidden, watching her every move, with their own agenda and their own twisted version of reality
I’m so far behind on my reading that I’m probably missing out on some great stories and this one released in 2017 is one I wished I’d got around to reading earlier as it’s a really enjoyable thriller. There are some people who we are led to believe are not who they might seem and then some who genuinely aren’t who they seem but those are the twists. There’s a lot going on; we have murders, women being attacked, mutilated animals, potential satanic rituals and a missing child who may not even exist in the first place. All effortlessly woven into the story.
I wasn’t so keen on Casey’s flashback narrative. It eventually made sense as to why these were in there but for me didn’t really add that much. I enjoyed the characters and once I got to the end, without spoiling, I learnt why I just couldn’t take to one in particular.
Overall a really good book and pleased I finally got around to reading it.