I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Now You See Her by Heidi Perks today. I absolutely loved this novel, and was desperate to find out what was going on!
Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.
Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.
Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.
Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.
As with many thrillers, Now You See Her uses a dual time line approach, although the unusual thing here is at the before is only 13 days earlier than the now. Despite the proximity, the two narratives feel worlds apart, as the reader sees the day Alice went missing and the immediate aftermath, as well as the current storyline which opens with Charlotte being questioned by the police. From the very opening scene in the police station, I was hooked on this story! I desperately wanted to know what had happened to Alice, but also why Charlotte was still being questioned 13 days later. It’s a gripping tale, and I loved the twist that turned all of my assumptions on their head – this was one where I definitely did not see what was coming.
As well as the dual timeline, the story is also told from two points of view, and I loved the contrast in Charlotte and Harriet’s characters. Harriet seems so wary and even a little timid, and it’s clear that she doesn’t have many friends other than Charlotte. She seems overly protective of Alice and has never spent a night away from her, even though Alice is four years old. Despite her best intentions, she seems destined to become the smothering kind of mother that she promised herself she wouldn’t be. By contrast, Charlotte comes across as one of those effortlessly glamourous mums who just seem to manage and take everything in their stride, until Alice goes missing, that is. It seems as though there’s little to connect these two, other than their children, and I loved the exploration of their friendship through the story, looking to see what made them close.
There is a third character who is worthy of note here, and that is Brian, Harriet’s husband. From the beginning, I wasn’t sure what to make of him. His initial reaction of anger was completely understandable in the circumstances, but it was clear that there was something not quite right about the narrative from the Harriet / Brian household, and I wasn’t initially sure which of them I should trust. It does soon become clearer what’s going on, however, and this is one of those stories where I wanted a happy outcome, but wasn’t entirely sure that I was going to get it. I won’t spoil that for you though – you’ll have to read it to find out if it turns out well or not 😉
Now You See Her is an absolutely gripping domestic thriller. Brilliantly written and with a fantastic twist, I fully expect this to be a poolside favourite over the summer holiday season.
Now You See Her is available now as an eBook, and will be published on 26 July in hardback. Many thanks to Rachel Kennedy and the publisher, Cornerstone (Penguin Random House) for the early copy.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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