Kim Croft is babysitting for her nine-month old grandson Noah while her daughter Tallulah and her live-in boyfriend Zach go out for a much needed date night. Kim suspects that this might be an even more special night for them as she discovered a ring in his coat pocket earlier in the week. When they hadn’t returned by morning, Kim becomes worried and sets out to find them. She learns that they left the pub with a group and went to the estate of one of the members of the party, Scarlett Jacques. Tallulah and Zach left to return home around 3:00 am but then seemed to have vanished. This begins Kim’s nightmare that lasts much longer than she’d ever imagined.
The story is told from the points of view of Kim, Tallulah and Sophie Beck, a cozy mystery writer who accompanies her boyfriend to the village after he accepts the position as head teacher at Maypole almost a year later. The contrasts between these narratives couldn’t have been more fascinating, especially those of Kim and Tallulah. Kim’s perceptions of her daughter and her relationship with Zach differed so greatly from Tallulah’s reality. It had me shifting my opinions and theories throughout the story and when Sophie began investigating, it became a real puzzler.
This was my first experience with the narrator and I found her performance excellent, especially her voice distinctions. I never had to work at figuring out the transitions between narratives because Kim, Tallulah and Sophie were so distinguishable. The mystery took a while to gain ground but ultimately I was able to figure most of it out but not all the details. And, that ending left me with something further to chew on as I’ve come to expect from this author. While the story dragged a bit until it got traction, I enjoyed it as it took me down twisty paths and near the end, I couldn’t put it down.
- Release Date: September 7, 2021
- Narrator: Joanne Froggatt
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 56 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio