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She only looked away for a second…
Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.
But seven years later, Abigail is found.
And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…
As a young teen I remember watching a TV mini series about Steven Staynor who was taken at a young age and returned home as a teen. His struggle to fit back into normal life and his parents’ struggle with guilt was just heartbreaking and it’s a story that has stayed with me for about 25 years.
I think that’s a major reason I was drawn to this novel at first glance.
After being missing for seven years, Abbie returns home as a teen but all is not the reunion you would expect. As the story moves forward and details are uncovered this heartbreaking novel becomes a roller coaster of intense emotions and twists. It’s such a brilliant and breathtaking read.
Mainly told from Abby’s perspective with some chapters from Jess (Abby’s cousin who she shared a close relationship) and other characters, Philippa East has brought to life the anguish and devastation caused by loosing a loved one in this way but also the reality of that reunion after such a long time. These raw emotions alone make for a compulsive read but add in some mind blowing plot twists and you’ve got one hell of an explosive novel.
A fabulous emotional roller-coaster of a read.
Author Bio – Philippa East
Philippa East grew up in Scotland before moving to Oxford and then London to train as a Clinical Psychologist.
A few years ago, Philippa left the NHS to set up her own part-time practice and dedicate more hours to writing. The result was her debut novel LITTLE WHITE LIES which will be published with HQ/HarperCollins in February 2020.
Philippa now lives in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside with her husband and cat. She loves reading (of course!) and long country walks, and she also performs in a local folk duo called The Miracle Cure. Alongside her writing, Philippa continues to work as a psychologist and therapist.