In this debut novel, 17-year-old Freya has vanished from her family's apartment in suburban London. The effects of Freya's disappearance ripple outward, affecting not just her parents, but everyone who lives in the building—all of whom are harboring secrets.
Fans of British mysteries will love this debut. The setup of the characters is leisurely, but once the story gets rolling, it is difficult to put down. This is one that readers may not figure out fully, if at all, in advance of the denouement, but the author ties all the secrets together in a most satisfying reveal.
Cooper skillfully builds a house of cards, demolishes it, reshuffles the deck, and deals an even stronger hand, while keeping a few cards up her sleeve. An emotionally charged domestic-suspense debut, perfect for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.
... heart-pounding ... Readers will enjoy trying to figure out how the two story lines are connected. Even avid suspense readers won’t be able to predict all the twists. Cooper is off to a strong start.