Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publisher: various formats
Amy Stevenson was the biggest news story of 1995. Only fifteen years old, Amy disappeared walking home from school one day and was found in a coma three days later. Her attacker was never identified and her angelic face was plastered across every paper and nightly news segment.
Fifteen years later, Amy lies in the hospital, surrounded by 90’s Britpop posters, forgotten by the world until reporter Alex Dale stumbles across her while researching a routine story on vegetative patients.
Remembering Amy’s story like it was yesterday, she feels compelled to solve the long-cold case.
The only problem is, Alex is just as lost as Amy—her alcoholism has cost her everything including her marriage and her professional reputation.
In the hopes that finding Amy’s attacker will be her own salvation as well, Alex embarks on a dangerous investigation, suspecting someone close to Amy.
Intense is one of the first words that comes to my mind. I have been a bit off with my reading the last weeks and this book really pulled me in the first few pages and would not let go.
The chapters change between Amy, Alex and Jacob. There are a few chapters from Sue's point of view.
It is really interesting to be in Amy's head. How she is experiencing the whole situation. I was frustrated her chapters where that short sometimes but it would have given out to much with more information.
I had a hard time with most of Alex her behaviour but she did intrigue me and I was still cheering for her to make it to the end of the story. With the most important aspect of course that she had to unravel the mystery for us.
It took some time for me to place Jacob in the story. But that was a fun development.
The story itself is interesting. A young girl , attacked, abused and left for dead. It was easy to feel upset for her. I enjoyed the investigation Alex did and how she connected and needed the story for her own good. I did solve the mystery early on but was still in need of confirmation of the story. With the short chapters alternating between the different characters the speed of this book is great.
This is Holly Seddon her debut novel and I will for sure keep an eye on new books.