I LOVED this. It was such an interesting plot, with a gripping beginning. The reader is left questioning, why would a mother abandon her child to a stranger? What happens is a plot full of intrigue and fast-paced drama.
Ellen was just trying to help a stranger. That was how it started: giving a few minutes respite to a flustered young mother sitting opposite her on the train. A few minutes holding her baby while the mother makes an urgent call. The weight of the child in her arms making Ellen’s heart ache for what she can never have.
Five minutes pass.
The train pulls into a station and Ellen is stunned to see the mother hurrying away down the platform, without looking back. Leaving her baby behind. Ellen is about to raise the alarm when she discovers a note in the baby’s bag, three desperate lines scrawled hastily on a piece of paper:
Please protect Mia
Don’t trust the police
Don’t trust anyone
Why would a mother abandon her child to a stranger? Ellen is about to discover that the baby in her arms might hold the key to an unspeakable crime. And doing the right thing might just cost her everything.
I was really hooked throughout this book, it was so fast-paced and I was desperate to find out what was happening throughout. Ellen was a great character, she was not only likeable but also very admirable, and I loved her courage to find out what was going on with Mia. I was with Ellen from the very beginning and her fierce protectiveness was incredible. In fact, all the characters were written very well, from the kind detective, the creepy reporter, the dangerous friend. It was all excellent, and every character added something to the story.
What was particularly great about this was that it’s fast-paced but easy to read, so it’s very gripping and easy to get absorbed in. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page at points, it was so good. The sinister character hovering in the background the whole way throughout the book is genuinely quite creepy, and his identity is hidden so well. The writing is very clever, the reader isn’t given the time to stop and actually and figure it out, and so it was only near the end that I found myself getting suspicious.
The ending built the suspense right to the last second, and what’s great about Logan’s writing is that the emotions practically come off the page, with all the disgust, horror and shock that Ellen feels affecting the reader as well. It was brilliantly written right up to the last page, and I was left satisfied and yet still wanting more. I look forward to Logan’s next book!
T. M. Logan
Zaffre, 18th March 2021