“What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?
Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.”
There are a lot of books going around just now where the plot surrounds a child that has gone missing so I was hesitant when I started Blink, however it is written in flashback narrative to three years earlier and Evie has not yet gone missing. This combined with alternating present day chapters piqued my interest right from the start and kept a hold of it the whole way through.
Mother Toni has had a rough ride, her husband was killed in Afghanistan and she is struggling to cope with her grief. She up sticks and moves to Nottingham to be closer to her own mother and give her and Evie a fresh start. Toni really needs the extra support as she is increasingly relying on sedatives that were prescribed for her late husband. Someone is watching Toni’s every move and is ready to snatch Evie the minute Toni takes her eye off the ball.
There are a colourful blend of characters, none of which I found very likeable as I had my suspicions on them all at one point. Any one of them could have been involved in Evie’s disappearance. I found Toni very frustrating as she made some unwise choices and couldn’t see what was happening under her nose. I just wanted to give her a good shake!
KL Slater has the cunning ability to play on your own fears and anxieties. She also has the ability to lure you into a false sense of security the turn the story on its head. I was so busy trying to suss out all the red herrings I missed the game changer that was right in front of me.
The writing flows effortlessly and the pace keeps up right until the end. I especially enjoyed how the author explored the perception that when a child is taken the mother must automatically be at fault, and how they are portrayed in the media.
This book is just so clever, it really had my head spinning. The title is ingenious which you find out why if you read the book. Overall rating four fantastic stars. Thanks to KL Slater, Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy.