When a baby goes missing on a lonely roadside in Australia, it sets off a police investigation that will become a media sensation and dinner-table talk across the world.
Lies, rumours and guilt snowball, causing the parents, Joanna and Alistair, to slowly turn against each other.
Finally Joanna starts thinking the unthinkable: could the truth be even more terrible than she suspected? And what will it take to make things right?
RATING: ♦♦♦♦.5 / 5
The twist in the end was what I loved most about this book. I wish I could tell you what it was, but I have a no spoilers policy, so you will have to read it yourself. I think there is also a tv series or maybe a movie being made based on this book. I think it would be very much interesting to watch, that is if they make it based entirely on the book without making changes to it.
Anyway back to the book. The emotions in this book are really intense. The grief, the guilt, the fear, it’s all just so very raw and portrayed in an amazing manner. The plot in itself is so very clever and this is something that could happen to anyone. It all comes down to how one would react to it and more specifically, how your significant other will react to it.
Trust is so very essential when it comes to any relationship and the lack of it can cause everything to spiral down a deep, dark drain and there is just no comeback from it. And this book proves this. If only certain people had trusted each other, so many things could have been prevented from happening.
The worst thing to do is play the blame game just because you are being consumed by guilt and fear. And blame games usually tend to destroy many lives simultaneously and that is exactly what almost happens in this book.
Another crucial thing we all have to remember in life is that karma exists. You do good, you’re fine. But you do bad, it will always come back to bite you. And when it does, it never is nice, because sometimes it gets back to you on a much bigger scale than you actually deserve and it can permanently wreck your life, and you can never return back to normalcy from that.
Whatever I spoke of right now, the trust, blame game, karma, according to me, these were the major themes in this book and it was all well put together. It’s a heart wrenching story about a broken family that will never go back to being the way they were. It’s definitely a book worth reading.