Review: The Girl You Lost – Kathryn Croft

About the book

Published: 5th February 2016 (Bookouture)The Girl You LOst

Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

My Review

There is a fast pace to Croft’s narrative, The Girl You Lost certainly doesn’t ease the reader in gently, Croft starts as she means to go on. In just the first 3 chapters we have the prologue with the difficult-to-read events of an unknown woman using her female charms and offering sexual favours to an unknown man in order to obtain crucial information that she so desperately wants him to share. Unfortunately, she underestimates him and the plan goes terribly wrong. We are then transported back 18 years to when Simone and Matt are new parents, in need of a break which inadvertently ends up in their 6 month old daughter’s disappearance. Fast-forward 18 years and Grace turns up, claiming to be their missing daughter.

Simone and Matt are welcoming of Grace but also understandably have their suspicions as to her story and her motives. Grace happily allows for a DNA swab to be taken to back up her story, she stays the night and heads into University the next day with promises of returning that evening. However, Grace does not arrive and whilst Matt suggests it’s because she wasn’t really Helena, Simone is not convinced and is sure that something has happened to her.

I found The Girl You Lost well written, although at times other characters were a little accommodating of strangers asking them questions and being quite free with their answers but overall a suspense filled thriller that kept opening up to more suspects.

About half way through I had my suspicions about someone’s involvement however this certainly did not detract from the plot because I kept going, wanting to know if I was right and it kept me questioning everything about what happened 18 years ago and what is happening in the present.

A strong psychological thriller with well-rounded characters who you could empathise with (or despise as appropriate!) and a twisty plot that keeps you hanging on, rushing through the pages to find out just what is going on!

This is the first novel from this author for me but won’t be the last.

Thank you to Bookouture and the author for my copy of The Girl You Lost.

About the author

Kathryn Croft.jpgKathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her first two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fourth novel, The Girl You Lost, will be published on 5th February 2016, and is now available for preorder on Amazon.

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.

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