There is a lot to Jake's past that no one knows. This has got characters I loved, a lot of red herrings, and a twist I honestly did not see coming. The suspense just built, and the whole story just grabbed me. I could hardly read this fast enough. The author told the story in multiple time-lines, which gave the reader a glimpse of Jake and Lainy as teenagers, which was a story all it's own! There is also an unknown narrator in current time who added another aspect to the story.
Bottom line, this was a fast one-day read, and my favorite of all her books so far.
I simply didn't want to set it down. Highly recommend this one! Jun 09, Samantha Curtis rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-books-i-have-loved. I just loved this book. I really loved reading this book. A nice flow to it.
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I was interested the whole time of reading and was shocked and kind boggling with some of the story. I really would recommend this book and her other books. Jul 06, Stina rated it really liked it Shelves: net-galley , british , , psychological-thrillers , british-thrillers , shalini-boland. I don't think there has been a book of hers I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. She draws you in right from the very first page and you can't put it down till you've finished.
Of course I did take one break to make dinner, but after that I delved straight back into it Faye Townsend has planned a surprise trip for her husband Jake's birthday. A week's holiday with their son Dylan, sister Lainy and her husband Tom and their two daughters, Poppy and Annabel in the seaside town of Swanage in Dorset, where Jake and Lainy grew up.
The siblings have never returned to the little town since they left when they were teenagers, and their discomfort as soon as they set foot there is apparent. The old gothic Victorian terraced house they have booked for the week looked a lot more inviting on the website than in reality.
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Upon opening the door, there is the subtle smell of damp and it looks as if little has been done to maintain the property. Then they are surprised to be greeted by a strange woman descending the stairs upon their arrival. It appears the owner wanted to be there to greet her guests when they arrived And a bit weird. While Dylan and the girls raced upstairs to claim their rooms, leaving the adults to settle in theirs, Jake and Lainy showed little excitement.
They'd both become quiet and withdrawn and neither appeared to want to talk about it. Faye and Tom secretly arranged this holiday as a surprise and are disheartened to see their good intentions have fallen flat with their spouses, who look anything but thrilled to be back. The holiday mood doesn't improve and they decide to return home the following afternoon, after Jake and Dylan return from their planned early morning excursion to see the dolphins.
Whilst they are out, Faye and the others decide to head to the beach for a paddle and a picnic, sending Jake a message to let them know where to meet them. By 2pm after reveling in a seaside Punch and Judy show, Faye becomes concerned that the boys haven't returned. By then, they have been gone for 8 hours. A police search is then underway for both Jake and Dylan - on the clifftop, in the woods and in the water - leaving Faye both frantic and fraught with worry. Tom and Lainy do their best to keep her spirits up but Faye can't help but imagine the worst.
And then Dylan's baseball cap and some blood are found on the clifftop What happened to her husband and son? Are they injured? Did they fall? Or is this all just a ruse, and they left of their own accord? And if so, how well does Faye truly know her husband? One of my favourite authors, Shalini never disappoints as she delivers another thrill-ride that will have you enjoying every moment.
Told primarily from Faye's perspective in the present day, we are fed pieces of the puzzle in flashbacks to Jake and Lainy in their teens when they lived in the seaside town. It is obvious something happened here, but what? There is also an anonymous narrative that is peppered throughout which leaves us wondering who it is and how it is connected.
But true to form, Shalini loves to play with her readers' minds and has us tying ourselves in knots trying to work out where it is all leading. And then I did not see that final twist coming.
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At all! Well done, Shalini! You've done it again! Put it on your TBR list. You won't be sorry!
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View all 3 comments. Jul 04, Julie Lacey rated it it was amazing. This is a fantastic psychological thriller that will have you gripped from the first few pages. They go to Swanage which is where Jake and Lainy grew up, but neither of them seems too keen to be back there. After a few days they realise they might as well go home but not until Jake has taken Dylan This is a fantastic psychological thriller that will have you gripped from the first few pages.
After a few days they realise they might as well go home but not until Jake has taken Dylan for an early morning walk along the cliff top. This is a fantastic psychological thriller that you will race through desperate to know what will happen next. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. Jul 13, Melissa Borsey rated it really liked it.
I have been a huge fan since she debuted with The Girl from the Sea, which was fantastic! While I enjoyed this book, I did find it to be a slow burning tale, alternating between the past and present day with an ending that I did not see coming. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Jun 10, Anne rated it really liked it.
I love Boland's books so was excited for this one and it did not disappoint! When Faye plans to surprise her husband, Jake with a trip to his hometown for his birthday, she has no idea why he seems sullen and uninterested when they arrive.
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And then when he disappears after an outing with their young son the next day, Faye is frantic and worries that something sinister has happened to them. But of course we discover the secrets and lies that are hidden in Jake and his sister's pasts--told in alte I love Boland's books so was excited for this one and it did not disappoint! But of course we discover the secrets and lies that are hidden in Jake and his sister's pasts--told in alternate chapters--and we see why neither of them is happy to be back.
And nothing is as it seems so there are several twists that you won't see coming. Definitely my kind of book! Jun 01, Agnes BeaderBubbe rated it it was amazing Shelves: five-stars , author-shalini-boland. This is the 5th book I have read by Shalini Boland and it did not disappoint.
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I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest opinion and boy this story through me for a loop. It starts off simple enough. Jake and Faye go on holiday with their son Dylan; taking Jake's sister Lainie and her husband and two girls with them. But their holiday is set back in their hometown when they were kids. A lot of secrets are there so the book goes back and forth from now to then. But it is easy to follow. Before This is the 5th book I have read by Shalini Boland and it did not disappoint. Before they are ready to leave Jake takes his son Dylan on a morning outing for father and son time and does not return.
The story then covers the task of finding out what happened to them. Did they get hurt? Were they kidnapped? The police get involved and everyone is frantic. So just when you thought you knew where the story was headed Never did I see this story line coming and was totally thrown off. This book will be out July 8; place it on your TBR list!
You'll be glad you did. Jul 12, Nicki rated it it was amazing. Omg,this book is unbelievable,a fast paced,roller coaster ride,packed full of so many twists and turns that by the time the reader gets to the shocking conclusion,you are felling seriously dizzy and in desperate need of a lie down in a dark room. Faye Townsend had been really looking forward to the birthday surprise that she had organised for her husband Jake. A holiday in Swanage,Dorset with their seven year old son Dylan,Jake's sister Lainy,her husband Tom and their young daughter's Annabel and Omg,this book is unbelievable,a fast paced,roller coaster ride,packed full of so many twists and turns that by the time the reader gets to the shocking conclusion,you are felling seriously dizzy and in desperate need of a lie down in a dark room.
Faye had thought that Jake and Lainy would be excited to be back in the seaside town where they grew up but from the moment they arrive,their demeanour and behaviour makes Faye wonder if she has made a massive mistake. Their holiday home is like something from the set of a Hammer Horror film and despite Faye and Tom's attempts to lighten the atmosphere,you could cut it with a blunt knife.
Then just when Faye is wondering if things can get any worse, Jake takes Dylan out dolphin spotting on the cliffs early one morning and they don't come back. After Dylan's cap is found on the beach and frustrated at sitting around doing nothing,Faye begins her own desperate search for her son. Because like any loving parent she is prepared to do anything and go to any lengths to save her beloved child. Once you start reading this mesmerising thriller,the reader is hardly a chance to think about breathing,never mind actually taking a breath.
You are plunged into the compelling story from the very first page,there's no hanging about,no long drawn out character introductions,no pages and pages of Faye organising the holiday.