This is my first experience reading a David Bell book and, honestly, I enjoyed it! For a book of almost 500 pages, it reads very quickly because it is impossible to take a break as there are still so many mysteries to unravel!
However, I must admit that there were some minor issues with the plot, hence I am only giving it 3 stars.
Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.
As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.
When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – David Bell created the most thrilling and sometimes even scary atmosphere.
Summer and Haley disappear and the last time they were seen by Bill was when they walked out of his house. When two girls suddenly are found in a park, one of them dead and another one sustained a big amount of injuries, barely hanging for her life, the police investigation changes from missing person search to a murder case with many unsolved questions.
Vivid images of Bill’s despair will be flooding your head and the constant twists and plot turns will keep you on the edge of your seat!
2 – Besides the mystery behind the girls’ disappearance, there are also other questions adding to the general suspense – the story behind the accidental fall of Bill’s wife and what was actually going on in their relationship.
3 – The fact that the story is set in a small town only adds more tension to the plot. When everyone knows everyone and the town is overflowing with secrets, the web of mysteries and lies becomes difficult to untangle.
WHAT I DISLIKED:
There is only one reason behind my rather low rating for this book, that I enjoyed reading quite a lot, the fact that from the beginning I knew (was almost 100% certain) who was responsible for this tragedy.
There still were some twists that surprised me a lot and I did not expect, but for the most part I was just waiting for the book to confirm my hypothesis.
⭐⭐⭐ / 5
Still a great read and definitely recommend to any thriller junkie out there! Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the ARC of this book, as always all thoughts and opinions are purely my own.
What was the last thriller that you read? And what did you like about it?