Nowhere Girl - Ruth Dugdall
Reading Challenge Category: Kindle Unlimited.
From the top of the Ferris wheel, Ellie can see everything. Her life, laid out beneath her. Ellie looks up. She wants freedom. Down below, her little sister and mother wait, watching as people bundle off the wheel and disappear into the crowd. No Ellie. Must be the next box. But the Ferris wheel continues to turn. When Ellie goes missing on the first day of Schueberfouer, the police are dismissive, keen not to attract negative attention on one of Luxembourg's most important events. Probation officer, Cate Austin, has moved for a fresh start, along with her daughter Amelia, to live with her police detective boyfriend, Olivier Massard. But when she realises just how casually he is taking the disappearance of Ellie, Cate decides to investigate matters for herself. She discovers Luxembourg has a dark heart. With its geographical position, could it be the centre of a child trafficking ring? As Cate comes closer to discovering Ellie's whereabouts she uncovers a hidden world, placing herself in danger, not just from traffickers, but from a source much closer to home.
This book was quite confusing, to begin with, as you were following quite a few characters in each chapter. Also, you weren’t sure of the timeline to start with or what they had to of with one another. It all becomes clear, though. It was a very unputdownable book; I just wish the chapters had been shorter to make it psychologically easier to read. It’s never easy to keep reading when you are starting a section that says 40 mins left to read. Whereas, if a chapter is just 10 minutes long and a book is really gripping, you might read four chapters without blinking (and, therefore, read 40 minutes without thinking anyway). I realised while reading this book that I am reading Dugdall’s books backwards (from the order she has written them). I read ‘My Sister and Other Liars’ and then this one and was going to read ‘Humber Boy B’ next. However, instead, I’m going to go back to the beginning of her books as Cate Austin makes an appearance in quite a few. This didn’t help my confusion in this one as her story had already started, and I was coming in towards the middle/end. This book, like ‘My Sister…’ was really well written but had a very sudden ending once the story was concluded. There is no rambling on; it’s just book over, move on!