In three words:
Kidnap, idnetity-theft, secrets
What I thought:
My Queen of Comfort Reads has done it again – I can always rely on Mrs Higgins Clark to whisk me away to somewhere on the US east coast (NYC in this case) and allow me to escape for a few hours with plots to solve and baddies to catch.
Alexandra (Zan) Moreland is in turmoil on what would have been the 5th birthday of her son Matthew who was kidnapped two years ago in broad daylight while out with his babysitter in Central Park. Despite no trace of Matthew ever being found, Zan has still not been able to give up hope that he is still alive somewhere. But just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, a photo appears in the paper that appears to show her scatching her own child from his pushchair in the park. Not only that but purchases are being made from Zan’s personal and business account for things she knows she didn’t order…..or did she? As Zan starts to doubt her own sanity, someone is clearly at work attempting to destroy her. But why?
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book (as always) I didn’t find it one of her best. I think more could have been made of putting Zan in some danger as it was really all done remotely and even though Zan sometimes doubts her own sanity, we the reader are left in no doubt that it is not her who is doing this but someone else. I also had an inkling early on as to who the perp might be and I was right but to be honest I couldn’t quite fathom out why they would go to such extreme lengths to destroy Zan (by taking her child): the reason didn’t seem quite right to me.
Verdict: Another pacey thriller and fans of Higgins Clark will love this. If you haven’t read any of her other books yet then I demand that you do! Recommended.
(source: I received this book for review from Simon & Schuster)