Monday, 23 February 2015

Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott

Stranger Child
By Rachel Abbott
Published by Black Dot Publishing Ltd (24 February 2015)

Goodreads description
One Dark Secret. One act of revenge.

When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.

Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

Then a stranger walks in their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.

Emma's life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?

When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.

They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they're right.

My verdict
Stranger Child is a gripping read, involving a tangled web of deception. I was intrigued from the first chapter, which described the car accident and disappearance of Natasha Joseph.

There are many twists and turns and questions that need to be answered throughout the book. Different subplots gradually come together as the story unfolds, and it is hard to know which of the main characters can be trusted.

Stranger Child is a written well, hard-to-put-down psychological thriller.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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