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One of our Books of the Year 2016.
July 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month.
Margot Lewis is a classics teacher in a Cambridge school. She's also the agony aunt for the local newspaper, dealing with problems from the loneliness of a recent widower to a teenager wondering if she might be pregnant. The disappearance of local girl Katie Browne, a former student, is weighing on her mind when she receives a letter in childish handwriting from a Bethan Avery, begging for help: "I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me." But Bethan vanished decades earlier, and the police brush away Margot's worries. Author Helen Callaghan, a former bookseller, intersperses scenes of Katie being held in a cellar by a violent man with Margot's attempts to get to the bottom of the letters she is receiving in this compulsive, intelligent thriller which I gulped down in a few nights. A dark and intriguing debut. ~ Alison Flood
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- Tracey Poulter - 'Helen Callaghan has written a superb novel.... She has mastered the art of allowing the reader to use their imagination to fill in the blanks. It is a true psychological thriller.'
- Lynda DeFreitas - 'Gripping! From the moment I first saw the book wrapped in twine and with two facsimile letters tucked into it, I was intrigued. This is an amazing début novel.'
- Catherine Hogwood - 'A psychological suspense thriller that will constantly have you guessing!'
- Emily Curnow - 'This novel is a plethora of twists and turns. Just as you think you can predict what is happening, it all changes.'
- Sarah Jones - 'Can an agony aunt solve the disappearance of a young girl? How is this linked to a twenty year old unresolved case? An interesting and compelling page turner.'
- Alexandra Harper-Williams - 'Gripping from the first page to the last – imaginative psychological thriller that’s sure to increase your heart-rate.'
- Humaira - 'Pulsing. Addicting. Downright hard to put down.'
- Sarah Borley - 'I started this book and was instantly gripped, it was full of mystery and every page you turned left you wondering when the next letter was coming.'
- Katherine Stewart - 'Interesting story but ultimately slightly disappointing for me.'
- Stephanie Harding - 'This is a really gripping psychological thriller from an accomplished author that had many twists to keep you guessing.'
- Phylippa Smithson - 'This was good but it should/could have been brilliant a brilliant suspense thriller but it did not quite come off for me.'
- Mary Gibson - 'The character of Margot is delicately written and the novel questions the fragility of the human mind and its complexities.'
- Richard Coe - 'This is a great debut novel, easy to read and quite a big twist as you progress through the book, it took me by surprise.'
- Mollie Mayson-Simpson - 'the total package is intriguing, if sometimes difficult to process, and a very challenging read. I'm glad I went for it.'
- Victoria Emerson - 'A solid, well written debut.'
- Nicola Cooper - 'A great storyline and look forward to reading more from this author. Highly recommended, can’t wait for the next one.'
- Edel Waugh - 'terrifying and thought provoking'
- Jacki Moorcroft - 'A superb psychological suspense thriller, Helen Callaghan's book seduces the reader leaving them begging for more with engaging characters and compelling story.'
- Taflyn Pearson - 'Very well written book - character was sympathetic and the twist was completely unexpected...I was completely enthralled in the book.'
- Angie Rhodes - 'one of the most intriguing books I have read this year.'
- Kathy Howell - 'This is a very compelling read. I wanted to put it down….but I needed to know what would happen next!'
- Kathryn Whitfield - 'Wow! Fantastic story I thoroughly enjoyed it.'
- Jennifer Stoddart - 'It was a gripping tale of lost girls twenty years apart and I found the approach taken by the author in telling the tale highly original.'
- Sharon Wood - 'I was enthralled by the synopsis of this book and delighted when it arrived intriguingly tied with brown string with two "handwritten" letters from the book.'
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Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything ...
ReviewsFIRST CLASS PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM A MAJOR NEW VOICE IN FICTION When Margot starts receiving mysterious letters to her 'Dear Amy
agony aunt column, she dismisses them as a cruel hoax. But as the present
-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, the letters seem to contain vital information to find both girls. Would your advice save someone's life? from the publisher's description Dear Amy sets up a terrific, tricky premise and then delivers the suspense thriller readers hope for-a tense plot, imaginative twists, and smart writing -- Julia Heaberlin, author of bestselling Black-Eyed Susans An accomplished psychological twister Daily Mail I knew from the first page that this was going to be a brilliant book, and I wasn't wrong. A superb debut psychological thriller with an unusual and original premise which keeps the reader hooked until the last page -- Rachel Abbott, author of Kill Me Again Well written and pacey Sunday Mirror Dear Amy is accomplished, engaging and utterly thrilling; beautifully written, with a narrator who manages to be both vulnerable and fierce at the same time. I found myself cheering her on at every gut-wrenching turn. The breathtaking finale is the most exciting and terrifying thing I have read in a very long time -- Elizabeth Haynes, bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner This is a clever psychological thriller Red You'll be hooked Fabulous Will keep you turning the pages Essentials Skilfully handled. A promising debut Event Magazine, Daily Mail
About the Author
Publication date16th June 2016
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PublisherMichael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
CategoriesCrime & mystery
Thriller / suspense
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