Set in Cambridge this is a book by Helen Callaghan with an “educated tone”. Initially I found it interesting and an intriguing read. It’s centered on Margot, a teacher, who also writes an agony aunt column in the local press – Dear Amy. There is a letter from someone claiming to be the victim of an abduction from an unsolved case from some years to the agony aunt column. This leads to Margot being involved in a “Cold case” type review.
I found this basic scenario appealing and was looking forward to reading this story. Having finished the book a few days before writing this review I am still a little unsure how I feel about the book as a whole. The pace and tension for maybe the first half of the book was lacking something for me. While we discover quite a bit about Margot and her personal life, there seems to be relatively little about the case other than the fact that it is quite probably relates to a serial abductor, I also found some of the characters in the book generally somewhat under written and developed. The exception is certainly Margot who in spells of introspection develops into a good character.
For me the book changes quite radically about halfway through. The pace and tension brings the book far more to life, Around this time there is a very good twist in the story which I really didn’t see coming until maybe the paragraph before. It is this and the character of Margot, both aspects of which I think were very well written, that are the redeeming features of this story. I was not blown away by the basic storyline however I did find that this book grew on me. I’d certainly read another story by this author.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review