Finding Grace - K. L. Slater
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing. The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street. They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear. Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married. But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake … And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.
This grips you from the very first page! What has happened to Grace, what is Lucie hiding and is Blake also covering something up? I was a bit concerned about reading another K. L. Slater book so soon after the disappointing ‘The Secret’ that I read at the end of last year, but she has redeemed herself with this one. It is as good as ‘The Mistake’ and ‘The Visitor’, which are the books that got me hooked on her in the first place. The book is fast paced and doesn’t let up; you just have to know the answers to what has happened. I read this in less than 24 hours, I was supposed to be working on my PhD proposal but put ‘real life’ on one side for the day, so I could get this finished! I loved the ‘sixteen years ago’ chapters that were telling you the backstory of the awful thing that had happened to Lucie, once this part got going it was shocking and gripping! These chapters were interspersed with current events and also what had happened on the day prior to Grace going missing. It is so well written that you don’t get lost in the shifts of time and they blend together really well. There are also a lot of characters to get to grips with, but they are all rememberable, and again you don’t get confused by them all. A brilliant psychological thriller, just as you would expect from K. L. Slater!