Have You Seen Her by Lisa Hall

Published by HQ

Synopsis:

Bonfire Night. A missing girl.

Anna only takes her eyes off Laurel for a second. She thought Laurel was following her mum through the crowds. But in a heartbeat, Laurel is gone.

Laurel’s parents are frantic. As is Anna, their nanny. But as the hours pass, and Laurel isn’t found, suspicion grows.

Someone knows what happened to Laurel. And they’re not telling.

This was one sh*t hot crime thriller – exceptionally well written with perfectly placed red herrings and diversions to keep you guessing for as long as possible. There’s no way at all I could have guessed even half the twists and turns the story took all the way through.

The writing style is intense- the story covers a few weeks following the abduction of a little girl from a fireworks event, as seen from the perspective of her nanny. It’s heart wrenching, as you’d imagine from any book about the disappearance of a child, but also fascinating as the author describes the behaviour of the local community and the girl’s parents in the aftermath of her disappearance.
There’s no ‘proper’ way to behave when something like this happens so you have to try to figure out if people are behaving suspiciously or are just being weird and awkward.

I read this book in a single hit, I couldn’t uncover the mystery soon enough so I stayed up all night to reach the end. The author has easily earned a spot on my auto-buy list and I can’t wait to read her next book!

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