I am delighted to share my review today for Gone by Ruby Speechley.
My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this brilliant book from the publisher Boldwood Books.
My son is missing, and everyone is lying to me.
Last night my son, Shay, sneaked out of the house and didn’t come home. He promised not to go to the illegal party in the woods. But someone’s been attacked and Shay has gone missing. The police want to know if he saw what happened. I’m worried he could be involved.
After all the trouble he’s been in lately, mixing with the wrong crowd, coming home beaten up and scared, I thought we’d put it all behind us. The trouble is, Shay resents me moving my new boyfriend into the family home. I found all sorts on his laptop, including a half-written email warning me not to trust David. What does he know that I don’t?
I’m beginning to fear for his safety. What is David hiding from me? Who have I let into our lives?
I don’t know who I can trust. Will I ever see my son alive again?
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This is a fast-paced domestic thriller as a mother tries to find out where her son is. Things don’t look good for Shay, he had been grounded but had attended a party in the woods. He hasn’t come home and a girl has been attacked.
From the outset of the story, I was aware that the dynamics in this family are a little strained. Rachel is separated from her husband and the father of her two sons Shay and Josh. She has been in a relationship with David, and Shay seems to be struggling because his mum has moved on.
It makes sense for this teen to attend the party, his previous behaviour sort of gives him that rebellious streak. However, Rachel cannot believe her son would be responsible for hurting anyone, but as he isn’t around to ask and she can’t get hold of him it makes it difficult. It is then that another parent realises her son has disappeared as well that the tension gets incredibly serious.
I did enjoy this story, it was an interesting one because this style usually has more of a police procedural approach or presence. The author has focused more on Rachel and how she is dealing with her son missing, another son who is worried, a partner who doesn’t seem to be aware of the bond of a parent with their child and then she still has to deal with her ex.
With quite a lot going on I am making this sound as if it is going to be a confusing read, but it really isn’t. The flow of the story from Rachel’s perspective keeps the concerns and actions in a proper sense of order.
What I thought was going to happen didn’t, that threw me and the route the author did take was a brilliant move. Things are hinted at but nothing is really definitive. Suspicions, theories and the what if’s are running riot as you would expect, but there are certain things that are cleverly held back.
I really enjoyed this one and if you like a domestic thriller then I do think this is one you should keep your eye out for. I would happily recommend this book and I am going to have a look at other books by this author as well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruby Speechley is a bestselling psychological thriller writer, whose titles include Someone Else’s Baby. Previously published by Hera, she has been a journalist and worked in PR and lives in Cheshire.
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