Found Her by N.J. Mackay @NikiMackayBooks

Belle Moriarty was there one moment and gone the next. Her older sister Eve was walking her home from school when she disappeared, ten years ago.

Eve has never recovered from the guilt of turning her back.

But then she receives a phone call that changes everything. Belle has been found – alive.

But who took her? Why did they keep her alive all these years? And now that Belle has escaped, will they try to silence her for good?

With Belle in a coma and Eve receiving increasingly terrifying threats, she must discover the kidnapper’s identity before they return to finish what they started…

I’ve been a huge fan of this authors Madison Attallee series written as Niki Mackay so this standalone psychological thriller was high on my “must reads of 2020” list. And I have to say that I loved it even more than her previous books! Found Her is an addictive page turner that I just physically couldn’t put down and instead of enjoying my half term lie in, I was awake at 5am this morning desperate to finish it before my household awoke. And what a brilliant ending! Any book that makes me want to immediately know what the characters are up to when the “final credits” have been and gone is a sure fire winner in my eyes. I’m desperate to know how Eve and Belle are coping after their traumatic experiences and loved also that not every little thread was tied into a perfect bow as often happens-this felt like real life which also explains why I’m still curious as to what these characters are doing now and how much they have changed or adapted following on from Found Her. Don’t you just love/hate it when that happens?!

So ofcourse I have to say that it was the characters who kept me engaged throughout Found Her. I think many people will dislike Eve but I totally got her from the start and understood exactly why she reacted the way she did towards everything in her life. Her relationships were complex and dysfunctional (and she obviously needed some serious therapy to cope with what had happened to her) but I really liked her! The sexual tension between her and the police officer in charge of her case was off the scale and wildly inappropriate but was also completely and understandably viable. The cast of supporting characters played their parts perfectly, throwing in the expected red herrings and then standing back to let the reader make up their own minds about which clues were the ones to follow.

So did I guess what was going on? Well, some of it! But other twists were certainly unexpected, challenging me to rethink the ending I was convinced of. And anyway, since when does me guessing a culprit make any difference to my enjoyment or rating of a book?! Found Her was my perfect psychological thriller and I loved reading every single page. It was gripping from that very first page, keeping me thoroughly entertained and on the edge of my seat throughout.

A highly recommended 5 ⭐️ read!

Niki Mackay studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School, and it turned out she wasn’t very good at acting but quite liked writing scripts. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama, and won a full scholarship for her MA in Journalism.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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