Sphere 20th February 2020
A heart – stopping new psychological thriller from international bestseller, Emily Elgar, inspired by a shocking true-life story.
Meg and daughter Grace are the most beloved family in Ashford, the lynchpin that holds the community together.
So when Meg is found brutally murdered and her daughter missing, the town is rocked by the crime. Not least because Grace has been sick for years – and may only have days to live.
Who would murder a mother who sacrificed everything, and take a teenager away from the medication that could save her life? Everyone is searching for an answer, but sometimes the truth can kill…
Based on the true life story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard – I was not familiar with this story and if you aren’t either and you plan to read this book then DO NOT google Gypsy Rose Blanchard. So, Grace is chronically sick and dependent on her mother for her care needs and ultimately her survival. With Meg murdered it is clear that Grace’s days are numbered and the community joins in searching for her while the police follow leads.
Told from the perspectives of Cara – Meg and Grace’s next door neighbour, Cara is in her early 20s, and she lives with her mum who was best friends with Meg. Cara found Meg’s dead body, she is traumatised by what she saw but desperate to find Grace. Jon is a journalist who had previous contact with the family when he wrote a controversial article about them which left him ostracized. Having met Meg and Grace as well as Grace’s estranged father he is in a unique position; the only person to have met the entire family, he is curious as to what happened and finds himself drawn in and compelled to embark on his own investigation. His is the other perspective the story is told from.
What follows is a gripping race against time to find Grace and ensure her safety. I can honestly say I had no idea how this was going to pan out and as soon as I finished I found myself googling Gypsy Rose Blanchard. This story is incredible and has been one of my favourite reads of this year so far. It is well written, starts with a bang and maintains the pace throughout. I don’t want to say too much more because this story really needs to be read without spoilers, the fact that it is based on truth adds intrigue and somehow made me more impressed.
I am planning to recommend this widely, it had everything I want in a book, a strong plot, multi perspective storytelling, enthralling – hard to put down. Just brilliant – read it!
Thank you very much to Millie Seaward at Sphere Books for sending me an ARC of this book to read. Hugely appreciated.
About the Author
Originally from the Cotswolds, Emily Elgar studied at Edinburgh University and went on to complete the novel writing course at the Faber Academy in 2014. She currently lives in East Sussex with her family.