Synopsis: Lisa is a busy working mother who was supposed to be having her friend Kate’s daughter, Lucinda, over for a slumber party. At the last minute Lisa has to cancel but fails to inform Kate of the change of plans.
The next day Lisa gets a call from her daughter. Lucinda is missing. Everyone blames Lisa. Riddled with guilt Lisa tries to find Lucinda but there may be more to Lucinda’s disappearance than anyone previously considered.
My rating: 3/5
I really like the character of Lisa. I could totally relate to her. I am also a busy mom who occasionally forgets what I need to buy for a class project or decides to buy store bought cupcakes for a bake sale instead of making myself because I am tired, burned out, and just trying to get through the day most days. Lisa was sooo much like me and I could totally relate. She was my favorite character in the book. I could totally see myself in her shoes and making a mistake like she made. A forgotten phone call during a busy day can happen so easily.
The book has two other point of view characters who I didn’t like as much.
The first is a pedophile who has been scouting the area looking for teenage girls to abduct. For obvious reasons I found his point of view disgusting and disturbing.
The other perspective is the policewoman investigating the disappearance. Her name is Joanne. Her perspective was just okay. I didn’t hate her but she was completely obsessed with her breasts. She wants reductive surgery and honestly I found that subplot annoying and unnecessary.
I really enjoyed watching Lisa hunt for Lucinda and all her feelings of guilt. This book was actually a 4/5 star for me up until the end.
Then came the twist. And, I hated it.
I can’t really say much more without spoiling the book but I did not think there was enough lead up to the ending. It felt like it came out of nowhere. I didn’t think it was brilliant. I thought it was a huge let down. I was super disappointed. There were so many places the author could have gone but the path they chose totally infuriated me because it was stupid and I didn’t like it one bit.
I am not sure if others will hate the ending as well or if that is just a me thing.
I can say this book was a fun read (minus the icky pedophile POV) up to the end reveal so maybe pick the book up and enjoy it but don’t expect too much of the twist at the end. If you think it is brilliant than great. But, if you are like me and think it is dumb you will have been prepared.