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Now You See Her PDF, ePub eBook SHE WAS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. AND NOW SHE'S MISSING. Unputdownable psychological suspense from an exciting new talent, perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and I Let You Go. NOW YOU SEE HER She’s playing at the school fete with your children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook, and look up again. NOW YOU DON'T Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day s/>NOW/>NOW/>Unputdownable SHE WAS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. AND NOW SHE'S MISSING. Unputdownable psychological suspense from an exciting new talent, perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and I Let You Go. NOW YOU SEE HER She’s playing at the school fete with your children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook, and look up again. NOW YOU DON'T Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second. Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable, tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching. Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again. Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface. HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PUT THINGS RIGHT?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    Riveting, thought-provoking & affecting! This was quite the emotional psychological thriller that immediately drew me in and had me totally glued to those pages for the entirety of reading this book. The storyline is one that I seem to be always drawn to and where this book deals with every parent’s worst nightmare, a missing child there is a nice twist to this one that definitely made this a different reading experience for me. The angst and devastation that you feel for these ch Riveting, thought-provoking & affecting! This was quite the emotional psychological thriller that immediately drew me in and had me totally glued to those pages for the entirety of reading this book. The storyline is one that I seem to be always drawn to and where this book deals with every parent’s worst nightmare, a missing child there is a nice twist to this one that definitely made this a different reading experience for me. The angst and devastation that you feel for these characters along with the pacing and short chapters made this an extremely palpable, fast and unputdownable read. HER ONE MISTAKE by HEIDI PERKS is a compelling, chilling, suspenseful, and a compulsive read that was an easy book to escape into that didn’t have too much darkness to it. The intensity level of this book gradually builds as the story progresses and there is also this subtle undertone of unease that makes you question what you are reading. HEIDI PERKS delivers a character-driven, intriguing and well-written read here with complex and realistic characters, a uniquely written premise and an enthralling storyline. The story is told from dual perspectives between Charlotte and Harriet in an alternating timeline of “Now” and “Before” the disappearance of Alice with excerpts from Harriet’s diary. I thoroughly enjoyed the format of this story and both perspectives and timelines equally. I’m a total sucker when an author chooses to add in different writing devices to spice up the story so the diary excerpts definitely added a little extra excitement to the story for me. Norma’s Stats: Cover: Worrisome, suspenseful and a fitting representation to storyline. Although I thought maybe the stuffed animal should have been a different character as was mentioned in the book a few times. Hmmm…..maybe I missed something? (Update: My ARC had a different cover than what was actually released.) Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so fittingly into storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, and fluid. I thoroughly enjoyed this author’s writing style! Plot: Unique, thought-provoking, suspenseful, gripping, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. I found this storyline to be quite refreshing! Ending: An absolutely perfect and plausible resolution that I was extremely satisfied with. Overall: An excellent read that had me totally entertained and engrossed from start to finish! Would highly recommend! Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Heidi Perks for gifting me a physical advance uncorrected proof to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience! Review can also be found on our blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest | In a world full of psychological thrillers about missing girls, this is probably the only one that stands out on its own and reigns them all! What would you do if you leave your kid with your friend, and she suddenly lost it? How would you react if they told you she was on her phone throughout that time? Your friend has many secrets, but hey - SO DO YOU! While we have the over Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest | In a world full of psychological thrillers about missing girls, this is probably the only one that stands out on its own and reigns them all! What would you do if you leave your kid with your friend, and she suddenly lost it? How would you react if they told you she was on her phone throughout that time? Your friend has many secrets, but hey - SO DO YOU! While we have the overrated stories of how a girl goes missing, everyone involved is hiding something, things get intense, and in one moment we find it all out - here Heidi Perks did an extremely great job to spice things up and make this book one of a kind. She blended all these things together so well, that I couldn’t put the book down with intense moments happening on every single page. The characters were very well formed - I could connect so easily to every single one of them. I loved their backgrounds and the little Easter eggs hidden through that only made sense in the end - PRECIOUS! The story plot was so cleverly put together, and I greatly enjoyed it! A nice, fast-paced, psychological thriller that will give you the chills constantly, make you start biting your nails again, scroll through the next chapters and forget about your sleep until you’ve finished it!. Big - intense five-stars from me, and definitely one of the best intense stories I have read in 2018!!! A big thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone, for providing me a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I grew up always knowing that my mother would sacrifice her life, if necessary, for mine. She would step in front of the bus or lay down on a set of railroad tracks for me. She taught me that there is no greater bond and love you can have than that of a mother and child. Now imagine your worst nightmare as a parent, your child goes missing. Heidi Perks psychological thriller, Her One Mistake, is a chillingly, fast-paced mystery that will have you wondering where you missed that sign or I grew up always knowing that my mother would sacrifice her life, if necessary, for mine. She would step in front of the bus or lay down on a set of railroad tracks for me. She taught me that there is no greater bond and love you can have than that of a mother and child. Now imagine your worst nightmare as a parent, your child goes missing. Heidi Perks psychological thriller, Her One Mistake, is a chillingly, fast-paced mystery that will have you wondering where you missed that sign or clue several times throughout the book. Four year old Alice is the only child of young mother, Harriet, and her husband Brian. She has never been out of her mothers sight since the day she was born. Harriet decides to let her best friend, Charlotte, take Alice to the school fair along with Charlotte's three children for a day of fun. What should have been a day filled with laughter, bellies full of too much sugar and children falling asleep on the way home, turns into Harriet's worst nightmares as Alice goes missing during Charlotte's watch. The story is told alternately from Harriett and Charlotte's point of view as well as before and after the event. We learn that not everything is as it seems on the surface with twists and turns at every corner. Her One Mistake is gripping, suspenseful, thought-provoking, entertaining, disturbing and an engrossing read that at the end will leave you wondering what she thought her one mistake was. I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. #NetGalley #HerOneMistake

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4 stars! A heart-pounding, fast-paced, jaw-dropping novel! Every parents’ worst nightmare – your child goes missing. This is what happens to Harriet when her best friend takes her daughter, Alice, for a playdate. A fun day at the school fair ends in devastation when Charlotte cannot find Alice and has to notify the police. Harriet cannot face Charlotte after what has happened. Charlotte’s life is upended as she is demonized by society causing the walls of her, at once, large social ci 4 stars! A heart-pounding, fast-paced, jaw-dropping novel! Every parents’ worst nightmare – your child goes missing. This is what happens to Harriet when her best friend takes her daughter, Alice, for a playdate. A fun day at the school fair ends in devastation when Charlotte cannot find Alice and has to notify the police. Harriet cannot face Charlotte after what has happened. Charlotte’s life is upended as she is demonized by society causing the walls of her, at once, large social circle to close in on her. What happened to four-year-old Alice? This book had my heart pounding out of my chest. The story unfolds through Harriet and Charlotte’s perspectives and I felt completely heart-broken for both sides. I put myself in each of their shoes and found I couldn’t decide which was worse. The author, Heidi Perks, did a fantastic job drawing me right into the story from page one. The writing was excellent and perfectly paced. The perspective changes complimented one another smooth and effectively. I look forward to reading more from Heidi Perks! Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Heidi Perks for providing me with an ARC to read and review! * Note: This novel is also listed under the title “Her One Mistake”*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    All it takes is the slightest breeze to change the trajectory of one's life. Moments acted upon and those missed opportunities viewed longingly from over the shoulder. Charlotte seems to hover over chaos day in and day out. She's been separated from her husband, Tom, for two years. She's used to tuning out the wild stampede of her three children who demand her attention almost every hour of the day. Charlotte has become adept at running to the front door through landmines of disguarde All it takes is the slightest breeze to change the trajectory of one's life. Moments acted upon and those missed opportunities viewed longingly from over the shoulder. Charlotte seems to hover over chaos day in and day out. She's been separated from her husband, Tom, for two years. She's used to tuning out the wild stampede of her three children who demand her attention almost every hour of the day. Charlotte has become adept at running to the front door through landmines of disguarded toys. No one would ever have thought that quiet, shy Harriet would befriend an erupting volcano like Charlotte. Harriet is so different from Charlotte's other friends and those friends have difficulty with including Harriet in their group. Harriet is a withdrawn mother of four year old Alice. She keeps her daughter safely tucked in her home with strict supervision. Charlotte always extends playdates which Harriet talks her way out of. But today Harriet is asking a special favor of Charlotte. Harriet wishes to attend a bookkeeping class held at a local hotel for the day. Charlotte is delighted to have little Alice included in their trip to the school's fair. Harriet hugs her daughter goodbye. As readers, we feel the heaviness of something yet to come. Charlotte watches as the little band of children enter the Jungle Run. She checks her phone as she waits for them to return. Her own brood comes running out the Exit, but there's no sign of Alice. In a panic, Charlotte crawls inside herself. No Alice. She runs wildly through the crowd calling for Alice. No response. The police are called and the search begins....... Can you even imagine approaching your friend and telling her that her child is missing under your watch? The guilt must be mind-boggling. Harriet refuses any attempts by Charlotte. Charlotte is devastated. But as readers, we will notice the thin light under the door of secrets. Something is not right here. Heidi Perks creates a tension-filled storyline that doesn't give you time to breathe from the very onset. She packs it with emotions that the reader can readily relate to. Her characters will set your teeth on edge. If you're in a bit of a reading lull about now, Her One Mistake will definitely have you soaring through the pages. A ripping good one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Now you see her - she's playing at the school fete with your own children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook , and when you look up again - NOW YOU DON'T. Charlotte is Harriet's only friend. Charlotte is divorced from Tom and has three children. Harriet is married to Brian and has a daughter called Alice. Harriet has never been separated from Alice since the day she was born. Harriet is taking a bookkeeping course and asks Charlotte to look after her. Charlotte takes Al Now you see her - she's playing at the school fete with your own children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook , and when you look up again - NOW YOU DON'T. Charlotte is Harriet's only friend. Charlotte is divorced from Tom and has three children. Harriet is married to Brian and has a daughter called Alice. Harriet has never been separated from Alice since the day she was born. Harriet is taking a bookkeeping course and asks Charlotte to look after her. Charlotte takes Alice and her own three children to the summer fete where Alice goes missing after she has a shot on a jungle inflatable. This story starts off very slowly. It's told in the present then it jumps back and forward to the past. It's also told from different points of view. The book is full is full of twist and turns. We keep finding out something new in either the characters or the plot. This is a tense but at times it can be an uncomfortable read. You will have to read this book to find out what happens. I could tell you but the I would only spoil it for you. I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and the author Heidi Perks for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    This was a well woven story with lots of intrigue. I was a bit let down by the ending. I had hoped for more with how well the rest of the book came together. Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for granting my wish.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Charlotte Reynolds is taking her three young children to the school fair and has agree to let her friend Harriet Hodder’s 4-year old daughter, Alice, accompany them. This is the first time Harriet has left her daughter with anyone so this was a major event for the both of them. While the children were playing on an inflatable ride, Charlotte was keeping an eye on them from a short distance, briefly checking her phone messages and Facebook page. At some point she notices that Alice isn’t with her Charlotte Reynolds is taking her three young children to the school fair and has agree to let her friend Harriet Hodder’s 4-year old daughter, Alice, accompany them. This is the first time Harriet has left her daughter with anyone so this was a major event for the both of them. While the children were playing on an inflatable ride, Charlotte was keeping an eye on them from a short distance, briefly checking her phone messages and Facebook page. At some point she notices that Alice isn’t with her two oldest children anymore and has to eventually face the reality that the child is missing. It’s awful enough to lose track of your own child so imagine the anguish of losing someone else’s in your care. This story clicked for me from the start, even though it’s more of a slowly developing one. It transitions between the present and the day Alice went missing using Charlotte’s and Harriett’s narratives. I loved this technique as it allowed me to really get to know both of these characters from their own points of view and each other’s. I felt the anguish of both women, while different for both, it was still palatable. It was difficult to not sort of judge Charlotte but what happened to her in the aftermath was reflective of our current societal environment with social media used as an outlet for others to weigh in anonymously. The damage wreaked is immeasurable no matter if the parties are innocent or don’t deserve to be judged. Then this story takes a jaw-dropping turn that I never, ever saw coming. It shifts to a whole new set of suspense factors. Rarely am I caught this far off guard and I literally couldn’t stop listening. There were multiple narrators used and they were just excellent, completely inhabiting their characters’ personalities. I’m so happy I chose the audio format as I loved being told this story by experienced storytellers. I’m also glad I took a chance on a new-to-me author who has now increased her fan base and I’ll be checking out her backlist. 4.5 stars (I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review) Posted on Blue Mood Café

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a gripping thriller that covers every parents worse nightmare, a child gone in the blink of an eye. The author has given this a bit of a twist though with it being a friend taking care of the little girl when she goes missing. Harriet had never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she had been born. Other mothers use babysitters, friends or family quite often to get even a small break but Harriet was a stay at home mother who had Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a gripping thriller that covers every parents worse nightmare, a child gone in the blink of an eye. The author has given this a bit of a twist though with it being a friend taking care of the little girl when she goes missing. Harriet had never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she had been born. Other mothers use babysitters, friends or family quite often to get even a small break but Harriet was a stay at home mother who hadn’t trusted anyone with her precious daughter until now. Charlotte is Harriet’s best friend and about as opposite as can be. With three children of her own Charlotte volunteers to take Alice with them to the school fair so Harriet can take a class that afternoon. With four kids in tow Charlotte heads to the fair where the children begin to play but when her own children return from a ride without Alice Charlotte is devastated when there is no sign of the child. Her One Mistake is one of those books that really was thought provoking. We are a society of placing blame on victims and as much as anyone disagrees with Charlotte’s actions in the beginning of this she is still a victim having to live with what happened. And then there’s Harriet who your heart can’t help but break for as the emotional side of the book begins to stand out. But of course as with any good thriller there are plenty of twists and turns to keep a reader guessing until the last page. Definitely one that kept me on the edge of my seat and would recommend. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is an emotional thriller that will definitely take you on a ride. Of course what I do love about thrillers is that it's always darkness that will unfold at the seams once you begin the story. Heidi lays the groundwork nicely for her readers and has a nice little twist in this one that will keep you reading. Harriet has never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she gave birth to her. One day Harriet's best friend Charlott Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is an emotional thriller that will definitely take you on a ride. Of course what I do love about thrillers is that it's always darkness that will unfold at the seams once you begin the story. Heidi lays the groundwork nicely for her readers and has a nice little twist in this one that will keep you reading. Harriet has never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she gave birth to her. One day Harriet's best friend Charlotte offers to take Alice to the fair along with her three other children. Charlotte takes all four children to the fair and they begin to play. The children decide to go on a ride... and shortly after Charlotte sees her own children return but there is no sign of Alice. Charlotte is devastated as you can imagine that she lost her best friend's daughter. Talk about guilt... WOW. I think I felt for Charlotte the most because she had to deal with the aftermath of being shunned by the entire town and the stigma associated with loosing someone else's daughter. Of course... nothing is what is appears to be in this story. Harriet is devastated trying to find her daughter... also is dealing with the blaming of her husband Brian. The story was pretty slow to build for me and was pretty bored on and off throughout the entire story. But, a twist happens about 50 percent in and I wasn't expecting that. But, the story STILL was dragging for me. And.. the ending seemed to be rushed to me... I'm not sure where the author was going at the final end? Honestly in the last chapter... I was holding on to a final grasp of a twist... and it just ended? I wouldn't categorize this as a dark thriller... at all? Maybe... more of a domestic emotional story. Overall, this was a decent story and was entertained. I look forward to seeing what Perks comes up with next :). 3.5 stars rounded down on this one. Huge thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Publishing for the advanced arc in exchange for my honest review. Published to GR: 10/30/18 Publication date: 1/8/19

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Sophisticated, riveting, and chillingly plausible! Now You See Her is a highly suspenseful, character-driven thriller that delves into the psychological and emotional devastation caused by a missing child and the resulting finger-pointing, fragility and dynamics between friends, family members, investigators, and the community at large. The writing is clear and precise. The characters are complex, secretive, and troubled. And the plot told from dual point of views and alter Sophisticated, riveting, and chillingly plausible! Now You See Her is a highly suspenseful, character-driven thriller that delves into the psychological and emotional devastation caused by a missing child and the resulting finger-pointing, fragility and dynamics between friends, family members, investigators, and the community at large. The writing is clear and precise. The characters are complex, secretive, and troubled. And the plot told from dual point of views and alternating timelines, before-and-after the incident, ratchets up the intrigue and tension quickly as it twists, turns, and unravels all the motivations, actions, personalities, and relationships within it. Now You See Her at its core is a novel about family, friendship, fear, secrets, manipulation, negligence, abuse, kidnapping, and murder. It's a gripping, uniquely written tale that highlights everything is not always as it seems and is a real page-turner you won't want to miss. Thank you to Penguin Random House UK - Arrow Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews can be found on my blog at https://whatsbetterthanbooks.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    GOSH THIS WAS GOOD! This book is the very definition of a suspense thriller. Heart-stopping, emotional, nerve-wracking, every mother's worst nightmare, every friend's worst nightmare. This was amazingly well-written and PERFECTLY paced, which is HARD to do. It never dragged, and I was never bored.... just really frustrated when I had to put it down to keep from completely neglecting my responsibilities as an adult. 😄 Charlotte is watching her best friend's daughter, Alice, for th GOSH THIS WAS GOOD! This book is the very definition of a suspense thriller. Heart-stopping, emotional, nerve-wracking, every mother's worst nightmare, every friend's worst nightmare. This was amazingly well-written and PERFECTLY paced, which is HARD to do. It never dragged, and I was never bored.... just really frustrated when I had to put it down to keep from completely neglecting my responsibilities as an adult. 😄 Charlotte is watching her best friend's daughter, Alice, for the day as a favor. She takes her to the school fete, along with her own three children, for a carefree day of fun. The fete is packed with families, children everywhere, games, rides, delicious sweets. It's going to be a great day. But then.... One moment, Charlotte has all of the children in her sight, but the next... she doesn't. One child is missing. Oh my God. But what's worse???? The one who's missing is Alice, her best friend's child. OH. MY. GOD. After thoroughly searching for Alice, Charlotte realizes with heart-stopping dread that Alice is not merely lost... she's GONE. And now the police have to be called. Her friend will hate her. Charlotte hates herself. This day went from a fun and carefree outing to a complete and total nightmare. Can you IMAGINE!!?? If you're looking for a truly great suspense thriller with an incomparable emotional ride, do yourself a favor and read this book. 'Now you See Her' is being re-released under the new title of 'Her One Mistake' in January 2019.

  13. 4 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Emotionally Charged Psychological Suspense that had me riveted! Fictional, domestic crime thrillers featuring missing children are flying off the shelves right now, and having read my fair share, I can honestly say that Now You See Her is among the best ones I’ve read. My second-to-top pick for this year, only beaten by Mark Edwards, The Retreat. Mother of three, Charlotte, takes her kids (all under ten) to the school fete. Accompanying them is four year-old Alice, daughter of Charlotte’s close friend Harr Emotionally Charged Psychological Suspense that had me riveted! Fictional, domestic crime thrillers featuring missing children are flying off the shelves right now, and having read my fair share, I can honestly say that Now You See Her is among the best ones I’ve read. My second-to-top pick for this year, only beaten by Mark Edwards, The Retreat. Mother of three, Charlotte, takes her kids (all under ten) to the school fete. Accompanying them is four year-old Alice, daughter of Charlotte’s close friend Harriet. When the children go on an inflatable Jungle Gym obstacle course, to Charlotte’s horror, Alice never emerges from the ride. After a thorough search of the park, Alice is nowhere to be found. How can Charlotte possibly tell Harriet that she’s lost her daughter? Now You See Her hooked me in right away, and I couldn’t put it down, as I rushed through the pages desperate to discover the fate of Alice. The emotions, dialogue, and characters reactions to the situation they were in, was accurately and realistically conveyed. Heidi Perks excelled at writing and capturing the close knit bond that exists between parent and child, and how far a parent would go to protect their child, as well as testing the loyalty and bounds of friendship. The first half was a slow burn, an exploration into Charlotte and Harriet’s lives, using the Before and Now timeline format. The last half was highly tense, littered with secrets, lies, betrayals, and unexpected surprises, that had me holding my breath. There are topics of a sensitive nature, but I would still class it as on the lighter side when compared to some books in the domestic noir vein. This is one that spills over into contemporary/women’s fiction, with minimal violence, but still has enough psychological suspense to satisfy die hard crime/mystery fans like me. Highly recommend! Note: Also published under the title ‘Her One Mistake’.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    This absolutely brilliant thriller is the story of the unlikely friendship between two women.There's Charlotte,divorced mother of three children,lovely house,no money worries,popular and friends with many of the mother's who meet up everyday to have a good gossip in the school playground.Then there's Harriet,married to Brian,mother of four year old Alice,lives in a drab,depressing little house,has no friends and always seems nervous and on edge.Against the odds and to the utter astonishment of C This absolutely brilliant thriller is the story of the unlikely friendship between two women.There's Charlotte,divorced mother of three children,lovely house,no money worries,popular and friends with many of the mother's who meet up everyday to have a good gossip in the school playground.Then there's Harriet,married to Brian,mother of four year old Alice,lives in a drab,depressing little house,has no friends and always seems nervous and on edge.Against the odds and to the utter astonishment of Charlotte`s other friends,Charlotte and Harriet strike up a close friendship,sharing secrets about their past and present lives.Then one hot summer's day,Charlotte takes her children and Alice to the school fete where the unthinkable happens, Charlotte gets distracted by her phone,she loses sight of the children and Alice vanishes,without a trace.During the ensuing police investigation it soon becomes clear that all is not what it seems.Both the women have secrets and will go to any lengths to keep them from being uncovered. The chapters alternate between Chalotte and Harriet and flip back and forth between before and after Alice's disappearance,also included are extracts from Harriet`s diary.My feelings for either woman flipped back and forth between sympathy and feeling unsympathetic for various reasons as the story unfolded.There was another character who featured quite regularly who was a really nasty,evil,creepy individual.Everytime this character was in a scene,I had goosebumps on my arms and chills ran up and down my spine.The descriptions of the actions and behaviour of the characters where realistic as where the depictions of the treatment of Charlotte and Harriet by the media and people on the internet. This is a well written,at times very intense,chilling tale of friendships,deceit,manipulation and secrets that had me hooked in from the very first page.I absolutely loved this riveting thriller and would definitely give it more than five stars if I could.I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future. Many thank to Penguin Random House UK / Cornerstone for a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    ‘Now You See Her’ is the gripping new thriller from Heidi Perks. It follows unlikely best friends Charlotte and Harriet. Charlotte lives in a nice part of town. She’s separated from her husband, has three young children and is one of the popular mums in the playground. Harriet is quiet and nervous. She’s married to Brian, has one child four year old Alice,lives in a small depressing house and only has Charlotte to call on as a friend. It’s the day of the school fete.Charlotte will ‘Now You See Her’ is the gripping new thriller from Heidi Perks. It follows unlikely best friends Charlotte and Harriet. Charlotte lives in a nice part of town. She’s separated from her husband, has three young children and is one of the popular mums in the playground. Harriet is quiet and nervous. She’s married to Brian, has one child four year old Alice,lives in a small depressing house and only has Charlotte to call on as a friend. It’s the day of the school fete.Charlotte will be taking her three children so when Harriet finds herself having to attend a book keeping course, Charlotte offers to take Alice along as well. Harriet is reluctant, Alice has never been apart from her before,but Charlotte assures her the children will have fun,not to worry,she will take good care of Alice. When the children run off to play on the inflatable jungle run,Charlotte takes the opportunity to have a sneaky peak at Facebook. She was only on her phone a few minutes ...she thinks...but when she looks up ....she can’t see Alice. Alice who has never for one night been away from her Mum has disappeared. How could she have lost her best friends child and how is she going to tell her Alice is missing? To say anymore would spoil it, so you will have to read it for yourself if you want to find out what happened to little Alice. This has to be one of my most intense reads this year.I was flying through the pages,such was my longing to see just what fate had befallen poor Alice. The story is told from the dual povs of Harriet and Charlotte jumping back and forth from before and after the disappearance. There are so many secrets,no one is who they say they are and my head was spinning from all the twists and turns with an exciting unexpected ending. Unputdownable really is such an accurate description. I loved this book. It was intense,thought provoking and definitely one I would recommend this summer. This is my first Heidi Perks book and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Book of Secrets

    HER ONE MISTAKE is a fast-paced and nerve-racking domestic thriller, centering around the disappearance of a four-year old girl. Harriet is a nervous mother who has never let her daughter Alice out of her sight. Hesitantly, she agrees to let her friend Charlotte take Alice (along with Charlotte's three children) to a school fair. In the blink of an eye, a day of fun turns tragic when Alice goes missing. Can you imagine the horror of losing your friend's child? Charlotte is HER ONE MISTAKE is a fast-paced and nerve-racking domestic thriller, centering around the disappearance of a four-year old girl. Harriet is a nervous mother who has never let her daughter Alice out of her sight. Hesitantly, she agrees to let her friend Charlotte take Alice (along with Charlotte's three children) to a school fair. In the blink of an eye, a day of fun turns tragic when Alice goes missing. Can you imagine the horror of losing your friend's child? Charlotte is mortified, and Harriet is devastated. Could a friendship survive such a thing? The search for Alice is a complex, twisty puzzle that had me hooked! I could easily empathize with Harriet and Charlotte, and definitely shared their tension. There's not much I can say about the plot without the risk of spoilers, so I'll just say that HER ONE MISTAKE was an exciting, suspenseful, and thought-provoking read. Enjoyed! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪 | Instagram | Pinterest | ✿

  17. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    Charlotte was more than happy to watch her friend Harriet's four year old daughter, the first time that Harriet had ever been away from her daughter more than a few hours. Charlotte, her three children, and Harriet's daughter Alice, had a fun day at a school fair to enjoy. But soon after arriving at the fair, Alice is missing and life changes forever for Charlotte and Harriet. Charlotte is criticized for losing sight of a child that is not hers and even for using her phone to post on Facebook ar Charlotte was more than happy to watch her friend Harriet's four year old daughter, the first time that Harriet had ever been away from her daughter more than a few hours. Charlotte, her three children, and Harriet's daughter Alice, had a fun day at a school fair to enjoy. But soon after arriving at the fair, Alice is missing and life changes forever for Charlotte and Harriet. Charlotte is criticized for losing sight of a child that is not hers and even for using her phone to post on Facebook around the time Alice went missing. Harriet had never been away from her child before, afraid that something could happen to he,r and her husband Brian can't believe she left her child with someone. The only friend that Harriet has is Charlotte and now that friendship is irreparably damaged. There are so many twists and turns in this story and I certainly didn't have it figured out until the story allowed us to know what happened. Harriet's husband is obviously a manipulative, sick person who calls her "love" but really harbors unhealthy feelings toward her. Charlotte has lots of friends and plenty of money but enjoyed spending time with Harriet, who doesn't fit in with the rest of Charlotte's friends, because she feels like she can tell Harriet her thoughts and feelings without Harriet judging her or taking her ex-husband's side of things. Strangely, Harriet shares very little of real importance about her life, which allows the friendship between the women to be off-balance, without Charlotte realizing it, until this fact is pointed out by law enforcement during questioning, after the disappearance of Alice. The story is told in alternate times of Before and Now and from the point of view of Harriet and Charlotte. This is a very enjoyable, psychological thriller, that kept surprises coming throughout the book, until the end. It really says a lot about how blame, including unfounded blame, can destroy a person's sense of well being and how friendships can be ruined by lies and omissions. Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for this Advance Read Copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    This was one of those books that kept me guessing from start to finish and threw up some great curve-balls! It's every parent's worst nightmare, your child is gone, vanished, nowhere to be found. Imagine if you were taking care of your friend's child and it's YOU that loses sight of them. Horrendous right? This complex character book shares with us the story of both characters. If you like flawed people where you are not sure if you are on their team or not, this is one for you. I lov This was one of those books that kept me guessing from start to finish and threw up some great curve-balls! It's every parent's worst nightmare, your child is gone, vanished, nowhere to be found. Imagine if you were taking care of your friend's child and it's YOU that loses sight of them. Horrendous right? This complex character book shares with us the story of both characters. If you like flawed people where you are not sure if you are on their team or not, this is one for you. I loved the pace of the book, it had me enthralled from page one and never let up. This one was enjoyed in one sitting. The latter part of the book and especially the ending is incredibly good. Really brilliant! I was holding my breath and had my jaw wide open for the whole telling. I did NOT see all that coming. No matter how much I thought I did. It totally blindsided me and that makes a book so enjoyable. It's intense, dark at times and emotive. I can't recommend this book enough. If you love a good psychological thriller this has to be on your list to read in 2018. Five well-deserved stars!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    For me, Summer is all about thrillers! When the skies are blue and the temperatures are rising this seems to be where I gravitate, and so I have been reading many titles from the genre. But when much of my reading deals with similar topics I do also find it easy to become disenchanted with the action-dominated scenes or immune to the high-stakes plot-lines. However, I can undoubtedly say that my most recent read, Heidi Perk's Now You See Her, had me HOOKED! The events that play out in For me, Summer is all about thrillers! When the skies are blue and the temperatures are rising this seems to be where I gravitate, and so I have been reading many titles from the genre. But when much of my reading deals with similar topics I do also find it easy to become disenchanted with the action-dominated scenes or immune to the high-stakes plot-lines. However, I can undoubtedly say that my most recent read, Heidi Perk's Now You See Her, had me HOOKED! The events that play out inside this book are any parent's worst nightmare. Charlotte is minding her best friend's daughter, Alice, along with her own unruly brood of four. She takes her excitable entourage to the local school fete where a moment's distraction causes her to lose sight of Alice. After a frantic search it appears she is truly gone and the police, and her as-yet-unknowing parents, must be notified. But when discovering the events that led to little Alice's disappearance, secrets are unearthed that change everything. I really appreciated how well inter-linked the before and after segements of this novel were. The perspective shifts and the chronology skips but Perks never allowed her readers to become as tangled in the time frame as they do in the twisted web of lies. I feel like every modern-day domestic thriller is likened to Gone Girl but this is one if the few I have read that truly bears a resemblance. The mid-point grand reveal altered everything and ensured I was gripped right until the very end. A true must-read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    This is my first novel from Heidi Perks and it was an easy one to relax into, exactly what I needed at the time. I've already downloaded "Beneath the Surface" to cure my insomnia this evening as I await another release from her in the not-so-distant future. There have been a lot of books with the same premise out recently - a child that goes missing and the ensuing chaos and impending doom that follows. Charlotte is looking after her best friend Harriet's daughter Alice. She had taken This is my first novel from Heidi Perks and it was an easy one to relax into, exactly what I needed at the time. I've already downloaded "Beneath the Surface" to cure my insomnia this evening as I await another release from her in the not-so-distant future. There have been a lot of books with the same premise out recently - a child that goes missing and the ensuing chaos and impending doom that follows. Charlotte is looking after her best friend Harriet's daughter Alice. She had taken Alice along to a fete alongside her own children. She looks down at her phone and pulls up Facebook - the next time she lifts her head to check on the kids and Alice has vanished. "Now You See Me" then follows Charlotte and Harriet as they are questioned separately by the police and there is nothing anyone can do now... as secrets begin to surface. This is a well-written and chilling read - I am sure that every parent can appreciate how it would feel to lose your own child, let alone the daughter of your best friend. A truly terrifying situation for all involved. This is a book that centres around a few key themes - lies, secrets, deceit, friendship and manipulation. It grabbed me from the first chapter and slowly increased its grasp throughout. Only when I reached the climax did I feel I could breathe once again. Many thanks to Random House - Cornerstone/Century for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Every Mom's Nightmare! Charlotte and Harriet are moms and friends. Charlotte lives a comfortable life with three children and Harriet's life is not so comfortable and she only has one child named Alice and she never lets her little four year old out of her sight (never). There is a school fair that all the children are looking forward to but Harriet has a somewhere she must be on that day, so she asks Charlotte to take Alice to the fair, who is only happy to oblige though Harrie Every Mom's Nightmare! Charlotte and Harriet are moms and friends. Charlotte lives a comfortable life with three children and Harriet's life is not so comfortable and she only has one child named Alice and she never lets her little four year old out of her sight (never). There is a school fair that all the children are looking forward to but Harriet has a somewhere she must be on that day, so she asks Charlotte to take Alice to the fair, who is only happy to oblige though Harriet seems very nervous about leaving Alice but Harriet trusts Charlotte and thinks she is a wonderful mother. The children are very happy and excited to try everything and three of them go on the huge jungle bounce but only two come out. Where is Alice? Where did she go? How will she face Harriet? This is only the beginning of a heartbreaking mystery that has so many twists and turns and tests of friendship among other friends and mothers and has Charlotte doubting herself as a mother especially when the police continue to question her about how she could lose Alice and not one of her three children.fair This was a very entertaining book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good psychological mystery. I want to thank Netgally and the publisher for this arc and will read more by this author. I have given this book 4 mysterious 🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    Now you see her. Now you don't.... I went over to the women who had taken my money and was now talking to another mum about the cake stall. "A little girl came on this with my children," I interrupted. "About ten minutes ago now, but there's no sign of her." "Oh?" I doubted she'd notice which children were getting on and off. She'd barely lifted her head when I'd placed the coins in her outstretched hand. "Sorry, I don't know," she said. "What does she look like?" "About this high."  My h/>I Now you see her. Now you don't.... I went over to the women who had taken my money and was now talking to another mum about the cake stall. "A little girl came on this with my children," I interrupted. "About ten minutes ago now, but there's no sign of her." "Oh?" I doubted she'd notice which children were getting on and off. She'd barely lifted her head when I'd placed the coins in her outstretched hand. "Sorry, I don't know," she said. "What does she look like?" "About this high."  My hand hovered at the top of Molly's head. Alice was tall for her age. "She's only four, though; She's wearing a red dress with a white belt." The women shook her head as her friend stared at me blankly. "No, sorry," she said. "I don't remember seeing her. I'll keep a lookout, though." "Oh, God." I felt sick. This can't be happening. ******** Now You See Her by Heidi Perks, also published as Her One Mistake, is a harrowing and emotional story about Alice, a missing four year old little girl. Harriet has never left Alice in someone else's care before. Not ever. In four years. When Harriet has to take a class, she has no one to help her care for Alice but her only friend, Charlotte. Charlotte has three children of her own and is taking them to the school fete and is happy to take Alice along with them. While there, Alice disappears. What follows is a terrifying search, not just for Alice. But the truth. Both women are confused as to why they are being endlessly questioned as Alice went missing at the fete. Nothing more. But where is Alice???? This is my first book by Heidi Perks and I loved it! I've had this on my shelf by my bed for months, set to read in January 2019. Why wait? Well, it's a 416 page book and I didn't think I'd have time to fit it in towards the end of the year. I was WRONG! I had no problem blazing through this book, nearly finishing in one go! It's a well written story with deep characters, a rich plot, and questions abound! Hmmm.... What else has she written?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Harriet leaves her four year old daughter Alice in the care of her friend Charlotte to attend a course in bookkeeping. While at the school fete with Charlotte and her three children, Alice goes missing. This is a story full of twists and turns and it about secrets, lies and control. I enjoyed this book even though I found Charlotte and Harriet to be flawed and unlikeable. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK Cornerstone for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Her One Mistake, by Heidi Perks, is a gripping read! It's a story about every parent's worst nightmare: having your child disappear in the blink of an eye, while in the care of someone you trust. As the story unfolds the reader delves deeper into the why and how such a horrific thing could happen. I was pleasantly surprised with the author's unique and clever storyline, characters and surprise ending. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada/Gallery Books Her One Mistake, by Heidi Perks, is a gripping read! It's a story about every parent's worst nightmare: having your child disappear in the blink of an eye, while in the care of someone you trust. As the story unfolds the reader delves deeper into the why and how such a horrific thing could happen. I was pleasantly surprised with the author's unique and clever storyline, characters and surprise ending. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada/Gallery Books for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    Under the guise of a standard missing child scenario Now You See Her eventually gravitates to a central question of just what lengths a mother has the right to go to in order to protect her child and what constitutes forgivable behaviour between female friends. How far can a person ever expect to rely on, or ask of their friends and when does a person’s actions move from justifiable to inexcusable? Sadly, the resulting story proves neither compelling or believable and its conclusions are underwh Under the guise of a standard missing child scenario Now You See Her eventually gravitates to a central question of just what lengths a mother has the right to go to in order to protect her child and what constitutes forgivable behaviour between female friends. How far can a person ever expect to rely on, or ask of their friends and when does a person’s actions move from justifiable to inexcusable? Sadly, the resulting story proves neither compelling or believable and its conclusions are underwhelming. Now You See Her is an ill-conceived psychological thriller which crosses the all too familiar missing child scenario with a host of other issues and manages to make a convincing job of exactly none of them in an overlong and highly predictable affair. Glaring factual inaccuracies and loose strands of the plot are left unaddressed which only serves to further frustrate with the intended crux of Perk’s storyline finally rearing its head woefully late with just a quarter of the novel, and a good dose of melodrama, left. The nonsensical quote below which left me bemused should tell potential readers all they need to know about the value of the novels contents and the quality of writing:“It would give him another reason to convince her she should have taken the medication she knew didn’t exist.”Set in the village of Chiddenford, Dorsetshire the story begins solidly enough with vivacious and confident mother of three, Charlotte Reynolds, taking her children and her close friend’s four-year-old daughter to the annual school fete. Charlotte is the epitome of a modern mother, permanently rushed off her feet and juggling a career with life as a single parent and overseeing her well-loved brood amidst her opulent home. In direct contrast is her thirty-nine-year-old friend, Harriet Hodder, who on appearances presents as the archetypical church mouse - submissive, meek and painfully shy. Reluctant to leave her daughter, Alice, is someone else’s care, Charlotte as Harriet’s only friend and her vision of a ‘perfect mother’ is entrusted on the first occasion that she does so. When Alice goes missing and Charlotte’s own children come to no harm she is squarely blamed for Alice’s disappearance, steadily ostracised by her circle of friends and publicly vilified for being a negligent mother. Furthermore, when it is revealed that Charlotte was posting on Facebook at the exact time of Alice’s disappearance she is plunged deeper into despair and guilt. The narrative is comprised of snapshots from ‘before’ and ‘after’ the event with the ‘now’ strand written in the first-person and the ‘before’ and ‘during’ perspective told in an oddly clinical third-person style which feels strangely detached and as such I found it proved difficult to connect with the drama. Given that the writing is also rather flabby with a tendency to ramble it is far short of grip-lit! Pretty soon the thrust of the plot changes as Perks focuses on how Harriet and her controlling husband, Brian, come to terms with the situation. As the police investigation goes into overdrive with a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) temporarily becoming resident in the Hodder household it becomes patently obvious that Brian is subjecting Harriet to coercive control and some very heavy-handed attempts at gaslighting. In just one of the police oversights, including failing to investigate either Brian or Harriet or verify their answers to questions, the FLO fails to pick up the very obvious signs. The story concentrates on exploring the two women’s unlikely friendship, the level of trust between them and the confidences they shared with it becoming apparent that Harriet shared little and acted primarily as a sounding board for Charlotte’s problems. Harriet’s past history, childhood and marriage is also aired with it becoming evident that both she and Brian and harbouring secrets. At the halfway point things do threaten to get interesting with a well signposted twist and dramatic climax eventually forthcoming. Much of the story gave me cause for concern from the lack of justification for Harriet’s actions over the years to the police response never really ringing true and the plot becoming increasingly far-fetched. Bizarrely when Harriet does admit to her husband’s abuse, the Dorsetshire police still seem intent on blaming Charlotte for missing the signs and suggest that she chose not to see what was going on behind closed doors, all of which is rather galling given the resident FLO proved blissfully ignorant! At four-hundred pages the entire book is padded with unnecessary detail by at least one-hundred pages and a rigorous editing could have redirected this ‘filler’ to the more worthy cause of developing credible characters only one of whom, Charlotte, manages to convince and elicit genuine sympathy. The characterisation of Harriet is concerning, with her being clearly intelligent and having some experience of life pre-Brian and yet so easily subjugating herself to his demands and unfailingly accepting for the past eight years without ever seeking help. More so, their marriage is characterised by there being no consistency as to the illogical mix of freedoms that Brian permits given that he allows Harriet access to a car, smartphone and part-time employment but turns apoplectic when she broaches the idea of their socialising. As for Harriet, to expect understanding and forgiveness from her behaviour towards Charlotte is frankly delusional. All in all, a wholly disappointing read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    All I'm going to say is WoW. You must read this one! You are not going to figure this one out. Parks is a new author to watch out for!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    4 Stars Arc Book Review Release Date-26/7/18 This was a new author for me and I found "Now You See Her" to be a great introduction to this particular writers work. It was a fast-paced read; managing to keep me on my toes throughout. Full of twists and turns this did a great job of retaining and investing my attention. The story itself revolves around friends Harriet and Charlotte and the fallout that results when the unimaginable happens. Charlotte at a school fete manages to lose Harriets daughter; one-minute shes there, the next vanished into thin air. How can their friendship survive this tragi 4 Stars Arc Book Review Release Date-26/7/18 This was a new author for me and I found "Now You See Her" to be a great introduction to this particular writers work. It was a fast-paced read; managing to keep me on my toes throughout. Full of twists and turns this did a great job of retaining and investing my attention. The story itself revolves around friends Harriet and Charlotte and the fallout that results when the unimaginable happens. Charlotte at a school fete manages to lose Harriets daughter; one-minute shes there, the next vanished into thin air. How can their friendship survive this tragic strain and has the whole world looks on in horror Charlotte's perfect life starts to unravel as friends and strangers start to point the finger and judge. Crucifying her as a mother and friend. Meanwhile, Harriets fighting her own personal demons and with buried secrets ready to reveal all there's much more going on here than originally meets the eye. So this was a great book that really kept my interest. Its told in dual POV; Harriet and Charlottes and did an excellent job of portraying these flawed imperfect characters. I loved that both friends were far from faultless; each not truly showing all of themselves but still acting so clueless as to how actual real they were both outwardly behaving. I also enjoyed seeing the glimpse into the mommy mates playground dynamics showcased here, actually so typical of most school hierarchy's, shallow and superficial all the way. It's no wonder Charlotte as an individual altered so much through this as she slowly has her eyes opened to her friend's fakeness. Not even one apology amongst them for shunning and abandoning their so-called friend in her time of need. The only exception to this was her friend Audrey, she was a rock, I think we could all do with an Audrey in our lives. Harriet, as I mentioned earlier, has her own battles to fight and without going into to detail these slowly start to unfold as we venture further into proceedings. There is a lot of back and forth as we are taken back in time to the events as they occurred as both friends are questioned extensively by the authorities. And though this was somewhat predictable in places with no great surprises that I hadn't managed to guess for myself I still enjoyed myself here immensely. This was at its heart a psychological thriller but for me, it was also was a story about friendship and loss. This one gets a yay from me. Thank you to the Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of "Now You See Her" of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm. https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Holy bejeebus! How did I not read this book sooner?! Charlotte takes her children and her friend Harriet’s daughter, Alice, to the school fete. But then Alice disappears. Despite intense search parties, there is no trace of her. How do you tell your friend you’ve lost her child? Their friendship unsurprisingly hits rock bottom. Harriet can never trust Charlotte again but now, two weeks after Alice’s disappearance, she has to. Because she and Charlotte are being questioned by the polic Holy bejeebus! How did I not read this book sooner?! Charlotte takes her children and her friend Harriet’s daughter, Alice, to the school fete. But then Alice disappears. Despite intense search parties, there is no trace of her. How do you tell your friend you’ve lost her child? Their friendship unsurprisingly hits rock bottom. Harriet can never trust Charlotte again but now, two weeks after Alice’s disappearance, she has to. Because she and Charlotte are being questioned by the police … And then! OMG! I can’t tell you! But holy WOW! If at any point you think “Ha! I totally know where this is going!” … no! NO! You so don’t! Or at least, I didn’t. I was completely blindsided and left reeling. Bloody love it when an author manages to do that to me! In the blink of an eye, Heidi Perks takes the topic of a missing child (let’s face it, it’s not like it hasn’t been done before) and turns it completely on its head, blowing me away with the force of a gale. Poor Charlotte! The author did a brilliant job of getting across the position she finds herself in. Alice disappeared on her watch after all. With fingers pointing to her everywhere, people leaving nasty comments on newspaper articles and her friends distancing themselves from her … I’d never leave my house again, to be honest. It’s all quite realistic and believable and I really felt for her. I’m sure any mother can relate. It only takes a split second of averting your eyes for a child to suddenly not be where you saw them last. A missing child, secrets galore, twists that left my head spinning and so much more I can’t talk about without giving anything away (but it involves an incredibly despicable character) … It all resulted in me not just devouring this book, but absolutely inhaling it! Gripping, compelling, utterly addictive and I just knew it would cause a book hangover. Now You See Her is brilliantly plotted. It isn’t packed full of action as its focus is very much on the intriguing characters but it had me absolutely engrossed from start to finish. Loved it and I highly recommend it if you enjoy your psychological thrillers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Harriet leaves her 4-year-old daughter Alice in the care of Charlotte, another mom and friend of Harriet. While at the school fair, Charlotte loses sight of Alice. When Harriet returns home, she discovers her daughter is missing. Told with alternating points of view (Harriet and Charlotte) and alternating timelines (before and after). Harriet is reserved, anxious, and a bit overprotective. She has never left her daughter in anyone else’s care, and the first time she does, her daughter Harriet leaves her 4-year-old daughter Alice in the care of Charlotte, another mom and friend of Harriet. While at the school fair, Charlotte loses sight of Alice. When Harriet returns home, she discovers her daughter is missing. Told with alternating points of view (Harriet and Charlotte) and alternating timelines (before and after). Harriet is reserved, anxious, and a bit overprotective. She has never left her daughter in anyone else’s care, and the first time she does, her daughter goes missing. This is a gut-wrenching experience for all involved. Charlotte is social, friendly, and generally well-liked. When Alice disappears under her watch, she becomes the target of everyone’s outrage. A gripping suspense that deals with motherhood, friendship, and family. This novel combines domestic suspense with a bit of police procedural. While the police points of view aren’t told, much of the story deals with the investigation into Alice’s disappearance. Fantastic psychological thriller. Recommended to fans of domestic suspense that focus on motherhood. Absorbing, twisty, and thought-provoking.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    A fast paced and very intriguing thriller about a missing child and the rift it creates between two close friends. This is one of those bang through books you can't put down where everyone is hiding something, Heidi Perks writes with an instinctive knowledge of how to keep the reader enthralled and dissects her characters along the way until you see them clearly. The resolution may be unexpected (although I've seen it before I've not seen it done in perhaps quite such a compelling way A fast paced and very intriguing thriller about a missing child and the rift it creates between two close friends. This is one of those bang through books you can't put down where everyone is hiding something, Heidi Perks writes with an instinctive knowledge of how to keep the reader enthralled and dissects her characters along the way until you see them clearly. The resolution may be unexpected (although I've seen it before I've not seen it done in perhaps quite such a compelling way so I caught it) but whether it is or not the whole story is fascinatingly dark with the twists and turns coming in perfect harmony with the rest. I liked how it played out between past and present, and the sacrificial nature of the friendship between the two women - overall a very good bit of storytelling. Recommended. Review to be updated onto the website nearer publication.

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