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Playdate

By: Alex Dahl
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Summary

The latest thriller from the Dagger-shortlisted author of The Boy at the Door and The Heart Keeper.

Who took Lucia Blix? Lucia went home from school with her new friend Josie for a playdate. Later that evening, Lucia's mother, Elisa, dropped her overnight things round and kissed her little girl goodnight. That was the last time she saw her daughter. The next morning, when Lucia's dad arrived to pick her up, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia. Have you seen Lucia?

©2020 Alex Dahl (P)2020 Head of Zeus

Critic reviews

"Turns the raw power of maternal feeling into a gripping plot.... The author keeps the reader on tenterhooks with a deft balance of nail-biting tension and pure sympathy for her twisted heroine.” (Sunday Times)  

“Dahl's sharp characterisations make her story feel fresh.” (Sunday Express)  

“Intriguing and believable.... At once a compelling thriller and a beautiful meditation on grief." (Jane Shemilt) 

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Too long and drawn out!

Oh my GOD. The narrator for Elisa was AWFUL. She punctuated EVERY sentence with a sharp intake of breath and it drove me insane. The storyline was far fetched and so drawn out that I skipped through large parts of it and was STILL able to work the ‘twist’ out. All of the adult characters were horrible and it left me feeling angry and depressed. Avoid.

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Gripping story

Every parents’ nightmare when their 7-year old daughter disappears on a play date. Action-packed, with a great storyline, I just had to keep listening and listening to hear what would happen next. Really good ending. I highly recommend this book! Note on performances: I didn’t really like Elisa’s voice, unfortunately, but as there are several points of views that are read by different people it worked out fine all the same