This story was brilliant, in fact I read it in three hours as I could not put it down. I would like to thank Netgalley for asking me to read and review.
When Finn meets the girl of his dreams he falls for her in a big way but Layla is too young and just getting to London she wants to have some fun so they part. A few weeks later he finds her on his doorstep, cold, hungry with no money as it has all been stolen in the hostel she was staying in. Finn nurses her back to health then not wanting to share a flat with his friend anymore he buys a cottage in the country for them to start their life in.
Taking a trip to France there is a ripple in the relationship so on the way back Finn pushes to find out what is wrong. He was not expecting the answer though and immediately pulled into a services, they end up arguing with Finn pulling her out of the car, shouting at her, his anger was bad so he knew he should just walk away and calm down so he headed to the toilet block. On his return he cannot find Layla anywhere, police are called, searches carried out but she was never found, there was also never a body found. Finn accepted that she had been abducted and taken somewhere but for all the news and papers looking for her she had never been found. She really had disappeared.
Years later Finn meets Ellen and falls in love with her, not a love like Layla but a soft smooth love as Ellen is her sister. Eventually after living together happily Finn asks Ellen to marry him, she is so happy. But for Finn the problems are just beginning, emails arrive from someone pretending to be Layla, he keeps all this from Ellen until it all gets a lot worse. An old neighbour says they saw Layla then Ellen see’s her in the street, how can it get any worse. Finn goes to the cottage that he shared with Layla as he never sold it and never went there again, the letter he wrote to Layla hoping she would come back was still there. She wasn’t alive someone was playing with his mind, who would do that?
These characters have you gripped with a twist along the way, really great writing which throws up red herrings to keep you on your toes. I loved this book and straight away it is in my top ten for this year.