Published: 8th September 2017 (Bookouture)
Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?
When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?
Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?
If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?
Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.
An absorbing and gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the final page.
WOW – what a damn good read this book is!! The Girl Who Came Back is gripping from start to end so be prepared to read this in one sitting.
Stoneridge, a sleepy village where everyone knows everyone else and strangers stand out, so how did six-year-old Olivia Adams disappear without a trace from her garden? After thirteen years absence, the search is over, she’s officially dead and everyone has moved on whilst living with the ghost of Olivia – that is until she comes back one day!
Her mother and father, Sarah and Dan are convinced that it is Olivia, however others aren’t so sure and think that she is after money. Olivia’s step uncle, Ashley is particularly unhappy to see her and isn’t quiet about his suspicion of her which is rubbing off on her step-father, Max.
The plot of this book is brilliantly woven together, I was constantly flitting between believing it was Olivia and suspecting it wasn’t! The characterisation was brilliant, Olivia was both convincing and shifty in equal measures so it was easy to be swayed by Ashley who was convinced she was an imposter. I enjoyed the relationship between Olivia, Nattie (her old school friend whose mother was close to Sarah) and Rhys as this brought out an emotional side of the plot as it shows what Olivia has been missing out on – true friendship.
Aside from Olivia’s story, we are also introduced to a brief history of a young girl called Lily who lives with her Dad following the death of her mother. Lily’s chapters are a short snippet into her difficult life and it is not clear how this links to the main story – I enjoyed learning about Lily alongside Olivia’s story.
This is a fantastically written, complex psychological thriller that tackles difficult subjects and emotions all in one wonderful narrative. A must-read!
Kerry Wilkinson is from the English county of Somerset but has spent far too long living in the north. It’s there that he’s picked up possibly made-up regional words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’. He pretends to know what they mean.
He’s also been busy since turning thirty: his Jessica Daniel crime series has sold more than a million copies in the UK; he has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults; a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter and the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.