The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

41eYy9hJGzL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_“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 daughter 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?”

What a wonderfully sinister and dark feel this book has about it.  I was instantly drawn into Simone and Matt’s story, feeling their grief at losing their daughter.

On a normal day 18 years previous, doting grandmother Miriam takes her 6 month old granddaughter, Helena out for a walk.  Little do her thankful parents know that whilst they have some quality ‘grown-up time’ together, their baby daughter is being stolen from them.

The consequences of this are obviously devastating for all involved.  Simone vows to never give up the search for her daughter, despite the failed efforts of trained police and a private detective.

Then Grace appears and everything changes for Simone and Matt.  Can they trust her?  Can they trust anyone?

From there Simone is unwillingly dragged into a dark and dangerous world, all in the hope of finding out something (anything!) about Helena’s disappearance.  And of course, Grace’s connection to her.

Full of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.  It isn’t until the very end of the book that you get to see the full extent of the lies and secrets.  And oh boy, what a secret it is!

Four out of five stars.

Thanks to Bookouture, NetGalley and Kathryn Croft for allowing me to have a copy of The Girl You Lost for review.

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