'On the night of 22 December, a plane crashed on the Franco-Swiss border. All the passengers are killed instantly, apart from one miraculous survivor - a three month baby girl. But who is she? Two families step forward to claim her, but is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?
Two decades later, on the eve of the eighteenth birthday, the detective who investigated the case makes a discovery that changes everything.' (Source)
A crime/thriller book has never had such an impact on me in a while. I raced through this book and I read it in a couple of sittings. When I read the back cover initially I couldn't help but think that it just sounded a little bit silly! After a lot of persuasion off my best friend to read it, I finally gave it a chance and I could not put it down! The story is told from different points of view, including chapters told in flashbacks by the detective, but also present day by various characters who are trying to solve the mystery.
The story itself is extremely unique and is not a typical mystery novel. Right from the start, it's gripping. You know there's going to be a big reveal somewhere along the lines on the detective findings on who the survivor might be and which family she belongs to. But not only this, there's a few deaths along the way, multiple mysteries and twists and turns that keeps you engrossed right until the final page...
'Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage - the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her.
But something goes wrong. Very wrong. And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.' (Source)
I picked this book up randomly at the train station when I had a long train journey ahead of me. It seemed like a typical crime/thriller book and an easy read. And that's all it was.
The story centres around a cottage in the woods where a hen party is taking place, but it's all a lot sinister than it seems and it's not a relaxing getaway that they were all hoping for. It's an enjoyable book, but it's also a forgettable one. There was an awkward collection of characters stuck in a remote cottage together and the first half of the book was a slow burner. Saying that, I didn't expect the twist at the end!
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