One of our Books of the Year 2016.
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.
Would you risk your life to save a stranger? Discover what happens next in the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller, Dear Amy ...A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the 'Dear Amy' advice column, receives a letter: Dear Amy, I've been kidnapped by a strange man. I don't know where I am. Please help me, Bethan Avery This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago. As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and - unlike the police - convinced that the girls' disappearances are connected. Solving this puzzle could save someone's life - but could it also cost Margot her own?
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'Terrific - delivers suspense, twists and smart writing' -- Julia Heaberlin, author of bestselling Black-Eyed Susans
'An accomplished psychological twister' Daily Mail
'Haunting ... This story will stay with you' -- Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife
'Breathtaking and intriguing - you'll be hooked' Fabulous
'Brilliant ... 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
'Accomplished, engaging, utterly thrilling and beautifully written ... 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
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 16/06/2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||26th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
Helen Callaghan was born in California to British parents and her early years were spent in both the US and UK. After several early false starts as barmaid, drama student, and nurse, she settled into bookselling, working as a fiction specialist and buyer for Athena Bookshop, Dillons and Waterstones over the next eight years. Though she loved life as a bookseller, Helen was drawn back to her studies. This decision proved to be rather a good one, and after studying for her A-levels at night school, she achieved a place to read Archaeology at Cambridge University as a mature student. ...More About Helen Callaghan