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 29/30, 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 15 years later, at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed....
Taut, emotive and utterly compelling, a pause-resisting, 'ripped from the headlines' novel that you will want to talk about with everyone you know.
©2015 Alex Marwood (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Unputdownable thriller that I couldn't leave alone. Some of the basic set up is borrowed from a real case but that made it even more engrossing. Haven't raced through anything this fast since the Girl on the Train, would have been done in a day if I wasn't at work! Excellent story and narrator, I eagerly await the next story from either.
Good, solid family secrets type novel about a missing child, if a little bit predictable. Borrows heavily from some of the better known real life missing children cases. Pretty engaging though.
The narrator is excellent, especially when performing the dialogue of the children. I've had several books ruined by narrators over playing children, but in this one the performance was spot on.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
I would recommend it to a crime fiction enthusiast. Its a good story, but a flawed book.
Not as good as her first two. Wicked Girls in particular, is excellent.
I had high expectations of this novel, especially as it was recommended to me by another author whose work I love. The story itself is very engaging. I gained the impression that it is inspired partly by the case of Marilynn McCann (just as Marwood's excellent debut novel Wicked Girls was, I feel sure, inspired by the case of Jamie Bulger). I loved the story until the twist at the end which read like too quick a change of direction, with little substance. I think it would have been better to stick with what we had already been given to believe and follow it through (trying to make a point within giving spoilers here!), but I guess this may be a matter of personal taste. The ending left me a bit flat and disappointed due to this. What brought my star rating down from a four to a three though is the shoddy dialogue in places (surprising since Wicked Girls was so excellent and The Killer Next Door, very good too). It read like the early draft of a good book in places. For example, consecutive sentences beginning, He said . . . She said . . . He said . . . She said . . .! And a sentence that read "I wonder if I should come out, she wonders"! Seriously?
Waiting for Michael Connolly's next book!
In the top 20 - I have about 500.
Kept me guessing until close to the end.
No - too dark for that
It is an awful subject and most of the characters were vile people and they didn't get what they deserved but it kept me enthralled until the end and I will read more by the author.
loved it from start to finish it's really easy to listen to and a fantastic story. Imogen Church does a fantastic job as always at bringing the characters to life.
thought I had worked it out early on but I was so wrong really enjoyed it .listen to all three books by this author well worth getting
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
This is the third novel I have read by author Alex Marwood, herself a former Fleet Street journalist. The plot of this book centres around the dysfunctional Jackson family, who are rocked by the 'disappearance' back in 2004 of patriarch, Sean's toddler twin daughter, Coco. When Sean is found dead in a hotel room many years later, one of the twins from his first marriage, Milla, re-aquaints herself with her younger half-sister, Coco's twin, Ruby, who is living with her mother, Sean's second wife, Claire in rural obscurity.
It's a confusing story featuring a myriad of stepmothers, half-sisters, twins and an array of awful moneyed selfish individuals. Once I'd worked out who was who, it was much easier to understand. One of the main issues I encountered was that it was difficult to empathise or have any sympathy with anyone. There is also the hints at the Madelaine McCann case.
The Narrator, Imogen Church was excellent throughout. She seems to have cornered the market in thrillers of this oeuvre.
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