Gully drives back to the station in the dark, drained by the events of the last two days. She’d like nothing better than to go home and get some much-needed sleep. But Avery is still out there. The ticking clock inside Gully’s head allows her no rest. She thinks about her interactions with William Wooler, the Blanchards, and now Derek. Everyone here is lying, she thinks.

Chapter 29, Page 176

In a nutshell


On the surface, William Wooler is a family man. Respected doctor, father of two and loving husband. But he’s been having an affair and when his mistress ends it, he returns home devastated and angry. He doesn’t expect to see his difficult nine-year-old daughter Avery home from school and snaps. Hours later she’s declared missing.

Suddenly the little family town of Stanhope doesn’t feel so safe and with information coming forward from witnesses that may or may not be true, it becomes clear that William isn’t the only one on the street hiding a lie. Who took Avery Wooler and will they find her in time?

Book Club Notes


This is a completely gripping non-gory thriller – the kind I like. You’ll spend most of the book wondering who took Avery and having no idea. You’ll then finish it in a manner of hours because it is the thriller version of an easy reading romantic novel.

Read If


You like a suspenseful whodunit thriller with a surprising ending.



Storyline – 7/10
Writing – 6/10
Character Development – 8/10
Plot Twist – 9/10
Shareability – 7/10
7.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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