My Little Girl by Shalini Boland @bookouture

Yay! It’s my turn on the blog tour today for My Little Girl by Shalini Borland. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy for the tour invite and review copy of the book.

Your daughter is missing. Did someone close to you take her?

Seven-year-old Beatrice has gone missing. Her mother Claire’s whole world has been turned upside down in just one moment and she can’t stop shaking. She’s desperate to find her precious daughter, but nothing about the day she disappeared makes sense…

The mother-in-law: Jill was meant to be looking after Beatrice. She says she didn’t take her eyes off the little girl but her version of events doesn’t add up… Claire has never got on with her, so why should she trust her now?

The husband: He should have been with their only child. Instead, he changed the plans without telling Claire. She didn’t think there were any secrets between them, but maybe she was wrong?

The first wife: Laurel has always been jealous of Claire’s family. Has her husband’s ex-wife taken her daughter?

Which one of them is lying? And who really knows where Beatrice is?

Wow! What a gripping, twisty-turny rollercoaster ride this was! I had no idea who had taken little Beatrice or why and there were so many suspects that I felt dizzy trying to spot the real clues that were hidden amongst the red herrings that were scattered along the pathway to the truth. Told via multiple viewpoints, everyone seemed to be hiding secrets and telling little white lies-and at the heart of all this dishonesty there was a missing child who deserved the adults in her life to be putting her first! My Little Girl will certainly have you shouting at your kindle as you frantically the turn the pages, desperately seeking the safety of an innocent child!

Claire is furious with her husband Oliver as he was supposed to take Beatrice to the fair but when something comes up, Oliver asks his mum Jill to go instead. But a moments distraction by Jill leads to the loss of her only grandchild and all hell breaking loose! The relationships between the adults are all very complex and they all start suspecting each other due to the secrets they all seem to be keeping! I especially felt sorry for Claire as she was so clearly being lied to by those closest to her! I can’t imagine how it must feel to have lost a child let alone one who was being looked after by someone you’re supposed to trust! Having everyone’s personal points of view really worked well as it added a compelling edge trying to work out whether or not that person was involved in the abduction. I had a few ideas about who the mystery narrator was but I wasn’t completely sure until the final few pages when everything was revealed-alongside a few more surprises!

Shalini Boland is a real favourite author of mine and I can always rely on her to deliver an edgy, twisty psychological thriller with characters you either love or hate-and there were a few more hateful ones this time! If you haven’t discovered Shalini before then you really must as I promise that you will become as hooked as I am on her addictive and unputdownable narratives. Fabulous!

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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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.