A million decisions paved the road to a single act, and a single act could be derailed in any one of a million ways. But choices had been made – some conscious and considered, some less so – and of all the million paths that had lain ahead, this was the one they found themselves on.

Prologue, Page 1

In a nutshell


Kim Gillespie disappears at a busy festival, leaving her month-old baby in a pram. A year later, there are still no answers, and her absence hangs heavy over family and friends.

When federal investigator Aaron Falk comes to town for a break, he starts to investigate her case. All is not as it seems, and long-held resentments and secrets start to come to the fore. Can he get to the truth?

Book Club Notes


Overall, this book was a bit blah. The storyline is interesting enough, the character creation is layered enough, and the writing is good enough, yet it all fell a little bit flat.

I think where it went wrong for me is how tedious the lead up to uncovering the mystery was. It took so long to find out what happened to Kim, and the journey getting there wasn’t particularly substance filled, which lead to a draggy are-we-there-yet read.

I will give it points for a surprising ending. Although some parts were predictable, the ones that mattered weren’t and you can’t not appreciate that.

Read If


You like surprising endings.



Storyline – 5/10
Writing – 5/10
Character Development – 5/10
Plot Twist – 8/10
Shareability – 2/10
5.0Overall 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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