EXCERPT: I sink into a chair and burst into tears and start to sob. I don’t know any more if that’s suspicious or hysterical or even normal and I don’t care, I can’t take any more, it’s gone on and on and on and a new day is beginning and still my baby’s gone and what chance is there now after all this time, hour after hour passing, of seeing her again, of taking her in my arms and holding her, of knowing she’s alive.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Teresa’s heart stops when she enters her daughter’s bedroom to find that her sweet, trusting little girl is gone.
Teresa can’t bear to think who would snatch a terrified three-year-old from her mother in the middle of the night, but all the signs point to someone close to home. Hasn’t Jessica’s stepfather been acting a little oddly? Or is it, as Teresa is beginning to fear, something to do with Angie, her daughter’s babysitter who lives next door…?
Gentle, retired Angie – she must be lonely, with only her memories to keep her company in that big, old house. And she’s always had a special connection with Jessica… was trusting Angie with her precious daughter the biggest mistake of Teresa’s life?
MY THOUGHTS: I loved this book. Childs has done a magnificent job in creating her diverse cast of characters. She has written about ordinary people, which I love. Teresa is a hairdresser, Craig sells funeral plans, and Angie a child minder. They are not rich, or famous, they don’t holiday on the French Riviera. They struggle with all the normal things, juggling child care with jobs, trying to climb the employment ladder to bring in just a little more money to make life a little easier, clutching at straws when things start to fall apart. Afraid to fail. . .
Second relationships are fraught with peril, even more so when there are children involved, and Childs has depicted this situation brilliantly. Add into this situation a rivalry at work, a husband who suddenly starts staying out late into the night, a mischievous imp of a child, and a sullen almost teenager and you have the recipe for a cracker of a read. And that’s without factoring in the slightly odd and reclusive child minder next door whom, strangely, both children adore.
I loved every word of this book. Childs had me suspecting everyone in turn and I really did not know who had taken Jessica until all was revealed at the end. I have just been and bought her first book, Gracie’s Secret, to read. I have found a new author to follow.
THE AUTHOR: Jill has always loved stories – real and imaginary. She’s spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does.
Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Jessica’sPromise by Jill Childs for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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