Finn and Layla: young and in love, their whole lives ahead of them. Driving back from a holiday in France one night, Finn pulls in to service station, leaving Layla alone in the car. When he returns, minutes later, Layla has vanished, never to be seen again. That’s the story Finn tells the police. It’s the truth – but not the whole truth.
Twelve years later, Finn has built a new life with Ellen, Layla’s sister, when he receives a phone call. Someone has seen Layla. But is it her – or someone pretending to be her? If it is here, what does she want? And what does she know about the night she disappeared?
An anticipated read for me, following my late introduction to B A Paris when I read Behind Closed Doors earlier this year (review here). An interesting premise drew me in, ‘what is the whole truth…’ and so the story opens with intrigue. Told initially in a now and then format we learn about Finn and Layla from his perspective. The voice of Layla is not here, for she is missing. Later it seems Layla may be present and the reader hears what seems to be her perspective in the current day.
An exceptionally fast read, I read this over an evening and morning and while I found the whole book highly readable the final 60 pages were particularly gripping. A sinister undertone throughout created tension and the author led me as the reader down a number of dead ends trying to work things out. That said I had my suspicions but again these arose through seeds planted by B A Paris.
A clever book that is difficult to review without giving too much away. I had seen some mixed reviews of this book, however I liked it, although a little slow in places the ending was incredibly strong and personally as endings go I thought it was excellent. I liked the fact that for much of the book Layla’s situation was unknown, with lots of possibilities which certainly kept me guessing. The characters were interesting, particularly Ellen and for me this was a book that all definitely came together at its conclusion.