Single mum Ellie is shown a missing person post on Facebook.
It’s of her three-year-old son, Tyler…
But he’s right there, holding her hand.
Surely this is some kind of prank – she knows her friend Louise can go too far with her jokes sometimes. And Ellie is used to the other mums gossiping at the school gates…
But now the other parents are questioning whether Tyler is really her child.
Ellie does everything she can to prove the post is fake, but the longer it goes on she knows it is malicious. Who would do this to her? And why?
It could be her ex, Darren, but deep down she knows it must be linked to what happened all those years ago – the night she’s been doing her best to forget…
All she knows is that she has to keep her son safe – no matter what.
Ellie is trying her best to raise her young son alone after her ex split with her, adamant that he’s not Tyler’s father.
When a poster is distributed in her neighbourhood, Ellie is shocked and frightened. The poster claims a child has gone missing and the picture looking back at her, is a picture of her own son.
The first thing I will say is wow! From page one, this compelling psychological thriller had me gripped and on the edge of my seat. The plot throws you straight into the action and, in my opinion, the twist and turns don’t stop.
Ellie is a bit of a tragic character in my eyes. She’s not had the best time of it. Having moved closer to her ex in the hope that she can get him to admit he is a father, she struggles to make friends with the other mothers at Tyler’s pre-school and the only shining light is her son.
So, when strange things keep happening and private details about her life are revealed, it’s not difficult to feel utter empathy for her.
The tension and suspense that builds in the novel is non-stop and I really did end up suspecting everyone, even the small circle of Ellie’s female friends.
This novel does deal with a lot of hard themes, such as s****** assault, alcohol dependency and recovery, s*** shaming and violence. It doesn’t shy away from them. I feel that Ruby Speechley deals with the aftermath with sensitivity.
There were a few uncomfortable moments that I did find a bit hard to get through I must admit but not unexpected when reading about these types of topics.
This novel really had me guessing until the end. There were many surprising moments and it also didn’t go the way I thought. This story has grit, mystery and it’s a must for any psychological thriller fan. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think it would adapt really well for TV.
I look forward to seeing what Ruby Speechley does next.
Thank you to Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Ruby Speechley –
Previously published by Hera, she has been a journalist and worked in PR and lives in Cheshire.
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