‘I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.’
When Caroline Shipley’s two-year-old daughter disappeared, her whole world came crashing down.
Now, fifteen years later, Caroline receives a phone-call that could change everything.
But could this stranger really be her daughter? And what happened all those years ago to make her vanish without a trace? As Caroline pieces together the events of that ill-fated holiday, she begins to question whether the answers could lie dangerously close to home. . .
This is the first book I have read by this author and it certainly won’t be the last!
This is one of those slow burners that gently draws you in and then before you know it, it has got you hook, line and sinker, not allowing you to go anywhere until you get to the very end.
You can’t help but think of the Madeleine McCann case when it comes to this book. A couple having a meal with friends close by whilst the children are left in the hotel room unsupervised. The majority of people certainly hold the McCann’s responsible for her disappearance and to a certain extent in this story you could say the same. Seeing Caroline’s side of things though did have me feeling a whole load of empathy I didn’t expect to feel.
Caroline has drifted through life since her youngest daughters disappearance. Her marriage broke down soon after and her eldest daughter Michelle, their relationship is quite estranged to say the least.
Even though the story starts off with someone claiming to be the missing daughter, this story is more about what happened as the story flicks between present day and to the past when Samantha went missing. What I loved though is seeing the fragile relationship between Caroline and Michelle as we only tend to think about the parents when this sort of thing happens, but what about the other siblings.
Michelle was a character I really enjoyed. She has had to go through a lot, constantly living under her sister’s shadow, my heart really went out to her.
She’s Not There is a brilliant read. It lulls you into a false sense of security, dropping a few treats along the way, but like with a meal, my favourite part has to be, the dessert, or in this case the ending. Superb!
My thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
She’s Not There is available to purchase from Amazon.