Reviewed by Laura Kemp
Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.
They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara's life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.
Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you've shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.
There are books which you end up telling people to read - and this is one of them.
It’s so gripping, so addictive and so intriguing that I have spread the word to my friends, family and indeed anyone who stops me in the street to ask the time.
Set in Brighton and London, it’s a thriller about friendship, which tells the story of Rachel and Clara who fell under each other’s spell from the second they met. Clara was the one everyone wanted to be friends with at school but years later, Rachel is the one who appears to have it all.
Then Clara goes missing - but is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether?
You won’t find any spoilers here but one hell of a twist awaits and you will end up gasping.
It’s pacey, beautifully written and will stay with you long after you’ve finished it because of the relatable themes of friendship, deceit and secrets.
Plus it has a fascinating insight into how the media, particularly TV, covers crime, thanks to Colette’s former role as a BBC TV news correspondent.
It’s so good I’m going to have to resort to capitals: READ IT!
I'd like to thank Laura for offering to write a review for this book for me.