Does anyone else agree that the cover of this reminds them a lot of Room by Emma Donoghue? Just me then...The premise of this novel is that the teenage daughter of Jenny and Ted goes missing one night and as they start to search for her, secrets and lies slowly unravel.
Then and Now
The story is told both from the days leading up to and after Naomi's disappearance, then over a year on. It is told from the mother's point of view, Jenny who is a GP and has teenage twin boys as well as Naomi. We learn about the days leading up to Naomi going missing and the hunt for her afterwards. We also learn of what has happened over the past year, how the family have fallen apart and still they have no answers about Naomi. That is until a secret is revealed and finally both Jenny and the police start to unravel the truth about what happened to Naomi.
I found the parts talking about what happened around her disappearance more interesting than the year on, which tended to be quite slow.Also, I didn't find any of the characters to be very likeable, especially Jenny the narrator of the novel. Whilst I did feel sorry for her over her missing daughter, another part of me kind of blamed her to a degree. Saying that, it did seem that Ted, the father was at home even less, yet we are made to blame Jenny for not knowing what was happening to her teenage children. I did find some of the many secrets to be far fetched but I suppose it was to highlight how little Jenny and Ted knew about their children.
It was one of those novels which you have to keep reading to find out what happened to Naomi and I wasn't disappointed, especially with the extra twist at the end. With this kind of novel, I don't mind not liking any of the main characters as I was reading ti to find out what happened, rather than to have any emotions for them. If you like to bond with characters in novels, you may find it difficult to in this case. I did have high hopes for this novel, especially with all the hype, and whilst it was gripping at times, it wasn't as good as I had hoped.