Title: Now You See Her
Author: Heidi Perks
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Source: Borrow Box (Audio)
Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. But while her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing—and admit that she’s solely to blame.
Harriet, devastated by this unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now, more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women, trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that trusting Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….
Having listened to, and enjoyed a previous book of Heidi Perk’s I decided to give this one a go and dare I say I loved it more!
From the start this was intense, addictive, gripping and had me wanting to know what happened to Alice straight away. There was no hanging about, we were thrown straight into the drama and had to claw our way out to find the answers. I love books that work in reverse order, as a reader the drip feeding of information makes it more interesting to listen to and I find my head starts to try and connect the dots immediately.
Julie Maisey, Kirsty Dillon and Sally Scott did a fantastic job of narrating this book. I especially loved the way they portrayed Brian’s voice. From the start I did not like him one bit and they managed to capture his obnoxious and self righteous attitude perfectly. I actually found myself commenting at what he was saying as I listened to the book like you would watching a politician being interviewed.
I had the most sympathy for Charlotte. To lose your own child is heart breaking, but to lose someone else’s child doesn’t even bare thinking about. I know she made some questionable choices on the day but I honestly felt for her and thought the way she was treated by her ‘friends’ broke her. She was ultimately a lovely person and tried to be a good friend to Harriet.
Harriet was a bit of a wet blanket. As the story progressed you could understand why but there were many points when I wanted to shake her and get her to realise her own self worth. I liked the addition of the diary she kept and thought it was a clever way to figure things out. The final scenes were when she really shone and I liked the change in character.
What I have come to love about Heidi Perk’s books are the police interview chapters. Twice now they have appeared and for me they gave a nice break between the stories, allowing you to gather a little more information before being thrown back into the drama!