the girl who came back

Book Description

Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?

When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?

Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?

If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?

Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.

My Review

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson is almost in its entirety centred around a young girl named Olivia who was abducted 13 years ago from her backyard. Olivia has now returned to her hometown of Stoneridge looking for answers and not everyone is happy to see her, with many questioning is it truly Olivia……

Kerry has adapted a classic plotline to narrate the storyline from the point of view of Olivia giving a twist to the story from the beginning, where the standard abduction story is normally told from the perspective of the parents. Kerry has set himself apart from the rest delving into an unknown with ease and filling me with intrigue.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Olivia, she comes across as being wilful but strong with a hint of secrecy and a glint of darkness to her character. The unknown entity to Olivia is probably the part I like about her the most as it is within us all, just with some it bubbles to the surface. Nattie a childhood friend of Olivia’s reminds me a bit like one of my friends who’s bit airy fairy but a good laugh and easy to get along with, the friendship between the two seems quite an unlikely partnership as their personalities are quite opposite.

Kerry describes the village of Stonebridge as a close knit community, quiet and unassuming that nothing really happens, except for the abduction from 13 years ago and now the return of Olivia, it seems to awaken the sleepy community, stirring emotions some of which is not what you expect.

What People Don’t Know, They Will Make Up……

Through out the book we learn of another child Lily, a young girl who’s mother has died and stays with her father, who through grief at point seems to neglect Lily emotionally. Kerry certainly had me scratching my head as to how Lily fitted into the story.

If you want a book that scratches at your brain, torments you with a tangled web of lies and the odd hint here or there then The Girl Who Came Back is a dead cert for you. I was literally driving myself insane turning the pages looking for the next piece of vital evidence, all the while Kerry led me a merry dance, but I’d quite happily dance to his tune.

Thanks to Bookouture, Kerry Wilkinson and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an Arc of The Girl Who Came Back in exchange for an honest review.

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Author Bio

Kerry Wilkinson has been busy since turning thirty.

His first Jessica Daniel novel, Locked In, is a number one e-book bestseller, while the series as a whole has sold more than a million copies.

He has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thrillers, Down Among The Dead Men and No Place Like Home.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

Upcoming and recent UK releases:
Ten Birthdays (standalone): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): 8 September 2017
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): February 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): Spring 2018


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