I was recommended this book by a fellow book blogger on Twitter, and my God it’s a good one. It very fast paced, vile and disturbing with some sensitive content, yet treated with a great amount of dignity and tactfulness making it powerful and evocative rather than stomach turning.
Laura’s best friend and childhood sweetheart Bobby disappeared one morning with a ‘man in a van’ and was never never seen or heard from again. The kidnapper.. a truly horrendous individual called ‘X’, plays a lifelong birthday game with Laura, teasing Bobby’s whereabouts in exchange for personal items. The story plays out with Laura going through life struggling to adapt and never quite dealing with what has happened to her and Bobby.
You don’t know me yet, but I know you…”
I loved that we were with Laura through childhood into adulthood, we got a real sense of her heartbreak and her struggle to accept what had happened. It was gut wrenching every time she received a letter from ‘X’. His requests so sinister, ruining the innocence of a child without ever laying a hand on her.. until later.
The story culminated in the only way it really could, the ending was fitting I felt for ‘X’ and I was pleased to see Laura getting the closure she had deserved for so long.
This is an amazing story, handled so delicately with the content and written with such love for the character of Laura.
This book was a five-star review from the get go.