Dear Amy: The Sunday Times Bestselling Psychological Thriller Hardcover – 16 Jun 2016
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FIRST CLASS PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM A MAJOR NEW VOICE IN FICTION
When Margot starts receiving mysterious letters to her 'Dear Amy' agony aunt column, she dismisses them as a cruel hoax. But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, the letters seem to contain vital information to find both girls. Would your advice save someone's life?(from the publisher's description)
Dear Amy sets up a terrific, tricky premise and then delivers the suspense thriller readers hope for-a tense plot, imaginative twists, and smart writing (Julia Heaberlin, author of bestselling Black-Eyed Susans)
An accomplished psychological twister (Daily Mail)
I knew from the first page that this was going to be a brilliant book, and I wasn't wrong. A superb debut psychological thriller with an unusual and original premise which keeps the reader hooked until the last page (Rachel Abbott, author of Kill Me Again)
Well written and pacey (Sunday Mirror)
Dear Amy is accomplished, engaging and utterly thrilling; beautifully written, with a narrator who manages to be both vulnerable and fierce at the same time. I found myself cheering her on at every gut-wrenching turn. The breathtaking finale is the most exciting and terrifying thing I have read in a very long time (Elizabeth Haynes, bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner)
This is a clever psychological thriller (Red)
You'll be hooked (Fabulous)
Will keep you turning the pages (Essentials)
Skilfully handled. A promising debut (Event Magazine, Daily Mail)
About the Author
Helen Callaghan was born in Los Angeles, California, to British parents, and her early years were spent in both the US and UK. After several early false starts as a nurse, barmaid and actor, she settled into bookselling, working as a fiction specialist and buyer for a variety of bookshops. Eventually, she studied for her A-levels at night school and achieved a place at Cambridge University as a mature student.
Helen's debut novel, Dear Amy, was a Sunday Times bestseller.
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A girl has gone missing and it isn't clear whether she has run away or been kidnapped. Shortly after she disappears, Margot, who is a teacher but also an agony aunt for the local paper begins to receive letters from a girl who disappeared in the late nineties. Margot becomes involved in the search for the current missing girl, Katie, and in discovering what happened to Bethan Avery in 1998.
The story moves at a cracking pace and has some good twists and turns. Highly recommended.
The first half of the book is very slow with a number of storylines running along side each other that are mostly pointless.
Then, around the halfway point things finally start to happen and it becomes a good read. But, unfortunately only good, as; the writing is clunky at best, all characters lack depth and the main plot points are completely unbelievable.
This book could be so much better, if written by a more experienced author; as a debut, this author bit off way more than she can chew.
I actually can not believe this book came from such a well-known publisher; if this title were self published, i could have been much more forgiving... As i said; it's all very strange.
For me it stands out from other similar type books because of the writing...superb!