Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.
My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.
When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.
But what really happened to Coco?
Over two intense weekends - the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed...
Reading the blurb of this book, I was immediately intrigued, and not having read any of the author's other books, I decided to give it a go.
I liked the unusual way in which the author has laid out the initial part of the book. We start off with an email written by Maria appealing for help in finding Coco, a little girl that has gone missing from a holiday home in Bournemouth. We also have some witness statements taken by the police during the ensuing investigation. This part sucks the reader straight into the drama.
Following this part, chapters alternate between two weekends, twelve years apart - the holiday weekend when tragedy struck and the present when Milly is preparing to attend to her father's funeral.
Surprisingly and I don't know if this is due to the author's writing style or the way the plot is laid out, I found myself struggling really hard to go through this book - especially through the first half. I found it difficult to be drawn into the story or to relate with any of the characters. We have many characters - almost all unpleasant, arrogant and hateful - interacting all at once and it took me quite some time to figure out who's who, who's married to whom and who's the son or daughter of whom.
I ended up skimming through entire chunks of boring copy that didn't add anything to the story and was tempted to put the book down numerous times. However I persevered hoping the story would get a bit more interesting and in fact found the last quarter of the book more intriguing, even though I had guessed the perpetrator's identity early on.
Unfortunately with its attractive cover and appealing blurb this book fell short of my expectations, but as with all my other reviews, this is just my opinion - Sorry!
With thanks to Little Brown Book and NetGalley for approving my request to read this book in exchange of an honest review.
Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. She is the author of the word-of-mouth sensation The Wicked Girls, which won a prestigious Edgar Award and The Killer Next Door, which won the coveted Macavity Award. She has also been shortlisted for numerous other crime writing awards and her first two novels have been optioned for the screen. Alex lives in south London.