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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Century (14 Aug 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1780891768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780891767
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The powerful new novel about how life can change course in a heartbeat. From the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Never Say Goodbye.

About the Author

Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of thirty-two novels. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol. Having resided in France for many years she now lives in Gloucestershire. Her website address is

Susan is a supporter of the breast cancer care charity, Breast Cancer Care: and of the childhood bereavement charity, Winston's Wish:

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Aug 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Fourteen year old Sophie Monroe has gone missing following a row with her parents and DS Andrea Lawrence must lead the case investigating her vanishing, despite the fact that it has rekindled the most traumatic events ever to happen to her own family, events that have haunted them all and never been far from their minds. Her sister Penny went missing 20 years ago, and the family never knew her fate. Is Andee going to be able to investigate this new disappearance objectively, or is she going to be too close emotionally?

The story is set in Kesterly, a seaside resort in the west country and centred around the holiday resort where Sophie lived with her family and from which she went missing. We get to meet some of the characters who worked on the resort and I particularly liked Suzi, a woman with a tragic past and one whose back story could really have filled its own book.

I really liked Andrea herself, or Andee as she is nicknamed. A single mother with two teenage children of her own, I especially liked the balance between the police procedural part of the story and her personal life. Whilst dealing with this case, the toughest of her career, she also has a family bereavement and has to juggle her families’ needs in that respect with her work. The bereavement will also bring her ex Martin home, an added complication at a time when she is just starting to date again herself.

The plotline is quite complex, with plenty of twists and turns along the way that kept me interested right to the end when the author pulled all the strands together for an ending that tied up all the loose ends quite nicely. In fact, the ending was quite emotional and moving, it certainly gave me a couple of lumps in the throat. To sum up, a very good police procedural with a main character who I really liked, that is well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By read-along-with-sue on 30 Sep 2014
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Anyone who knows me well and is aware of what kind of books I love to read will know that I was super excited to get this book from Random House UK, Cornerstone to read and review.

I love Susan Lewis books. I look forward to each one she writes wondering what the topic of the story is going to be next and this story really did surprise me after the last one she had written. In a good way.

Sophie to all intense and purposes looks like she has ran away from home. She's taken her most prized possessions with her that any teen would know that is utter important for survival, her Laptop, her Cell phone and some of her clothes.

Her parents are naturally beside themselves.

One of the main traumatic added substance to this story is Andrea Lawrence, the Detective on the case who many years ago went through a tragedy similar to this one, except Penny was never found. We wonder how Andrea Lawrence can take this case on without becoming flawed and having history repeat itself and mar her better judgement. She even questions herself at one stage and plenty around her question her.

As the story unfolds secrets are revealed and it seems there are plenty hiding many thing.

Andrea Lawrence too has a family of her own which she needs to give attention to.

This is an all rounded kind of story that keeps you attached to it until you realize you have turned that last page and wonder what to do next, what to read next that is going to keep your attention as good as this one.

As always, Susan Lewis takes her to the heart, the very core of this stories existence.

For me, Susan Lewis can't write books fast enough, can't wait for her next one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sep 2014
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This is really a novel about people and relationships but it is set around the investigation into the disappearance of Sophie from the holiday camp where she lived with her father, stepmother and new brother. The investigating officer, Andee, is also troubled by the memories that this stirs up in her because her sister also disappeared as a teenager and has never been traced. The crime element of this book is well done but it is in the description of people and their relationships and reactions that the book really earns its five stars.

The book looks at some of the characters who may or may not be involved in Sophie's disappearance, including her family, her close friends. local immigrants who are suspected of murder, and the investigating officer and her family. This is not a fast paced book but the author injects a lot of tension and keeps the various strands separate until she weaves them all together in a heart breaking ending.

This novel is rooted in believability. There are no cartoon villains or heroes here - just wounded people with complicated lives trying to adjust in a terrible situation. Their stories are revealed a little at a time whilst we also see how they react to what is happening. The police investigation seems realistic and you can just imagine how life changes for everyone involved in the events. I cannot say that the ending was a surprise but it also was well done and made complete sense.

This is a compelling and emotional read which manages, somehow, to end on a slight upbeat, I think that Susan Lewis should tell more crime/suspense stories. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review via NetGalley.
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