Book Synopsis

A gripping and explosive psychological thriller about a young woman who disappears in suspicious circumstances having been hounded by a vicious online troll.
Years ago, Fortune gave up on his daughter, Sophie, after a troubled adolescence. Now she’s gone missing, vanished without trace. And after weeks of investigation, the police have given up on her, too.
Driven by guilt, and a determination to atone for his failures as a father, he takes on the search himself. He soon finds that his daughter had been living in fear of a vicious online troll who seemed to know far too much about her. Could Sophie’s disappearance be linked to this unknown predator? Fortune is about to discover that monsters which live online don’t always stay there…

My Review

Troll is a what I call a ‘slow burner’ it was like unwrapping a present, peeling back the layers to find out what would be next, but those layers took time to reveal themselves, but once in motion there was no going back.

Fortune is a driven man, not a family man, he left his family to pursue his career as a banker, now his daughter is missing. Sophie is a successful journalist, who has become a target of an online troll, when Sophie goes missing Fortune returns to London to try and locate his daughter. The police have stepped down their investigation into Sophie’s disappearance, ruling as probable suicide, Fortune doesn’t, can’t believe this is true so sets about tracing his daughter through any means necessary even if it means he loses his job in the process.

I found Fortune quite contrite, who only showed remorse when he thought he had lost his daughter, but as the book progressed I forgave his demeanour and actually felt he deserved a second chance. Sophie was the better character though as she was easier to relate to, the abandonment as a teenager, mental health issues, the strength of will to climb and become a successful journalist, then when her life is invaded by a Troll we watch as everything spirals out of control, I was drawn more to Sophie then and I found myself compelling Sophie to take her life back.

For all this being a book that takes time to envelop the whole scenario of a life being invaded by a Troll, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole concept. D.B. Thorne shows us, that for a large of part of our lives, we have no idea who or what is watching our every move. The anonymity of the digital era compounds our greatest fears, which makes this a plausible psychological thriller.

Thank you to NetGalley, Corvus and D.B Thorne for an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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