Author: Alex Marwood
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Released: 12 January 2016
Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.
My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.
When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.
But what really happened to Coco?
Over two intense weekends - the first when Coco goes missing and the second fifteen years later at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed...
I was kindly sent a copy of this book from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Mysteries, secrets, lies - this story is not what it seems, and what really happened will shock you.
The takes place over two time periods, the first being the long weekend in 2004, and the second being twelve years later at the funeral of Sean Jackson. During a long weekend at the beach, Sean Jackson celebrates his 50th birthday with his close friends, and their children. It's a weekend of sex, drugs & alcohol, and Sean's wife Claire it sick of her husband's actions and his treatment of her. Furious, she heads back to London on Sunday morning, leaving her twin daughter's in their father's care, too emotional to wake and taken them with her. Little did she know, this was the last time she would see her daughter Coco, who mysteriously vanished in the early hours of Monday morning. It's not until twelve years later, that secrets about that weekend start to unfold on the weekend of Sean's funeral. When his eldest daughter Camilla, and Coco's twin Ruby, reunite after several years with those who attended Sean's birthday weekend, secrets and lies are thrown about, because Coco's disappearance is a lot more than meets the eye.
The synopsis of this book grabbed me instantly, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Alternating between 2004 and 2016, it was drama, drama, drama, and I could not get enough of what was happening. Alex Marwood's writing style fitted so perfectly with the story, and it managed to capture the different perspectives of each character.
There were several times when I thought I had figured out 'the darkest secret' but I was really surprised by what it really was, and I really want to reread the book and see if I can pick up on the signs throughout. It was unexpected, but totally worked. Although, I would have loved to see how the story would have turned out if my theories were correct.
This story was so captivating, and I can't wait to read some more work by Alex Marwood, as well as more mystery thrillers. If you want a captivating thriller that is not what you expect, you definitely need to pick this book up.
Overall, if you only read one 2016 release this year, this is definitely one you shouldn't miss. It's got a little bit of everything and you won't know what's going on until the final page.