The Girl You lost by Kathryn Croft

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What they say: Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

The review: First off thanks so much to Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review. You’ll remember I shouted Kathryn Croft’s praises from the rooftop when I reviewed ‘The Girl With No Past.‘ I really really enjoyed her latest book ‘The Girl you Lost,’ though it was tougher going. It began with every parent’s worst nightmare, the snatching of a baby from a park. This is followed closely by the meeting of Helena/ Grace and I was HOOKED. The book flew by, the percentages on my Kindle increasing swiftly, and my wish to find out what would happen, whether Grace really was Helena and who had taken her, was more of a craving. There were numerous cases that arrived on Simone’s doorstep as she started to look into her new-found ‘daughter’ and I loved that her occupation, a reporter, lent itself to her ability to investigate and wondered which were linked and which weren’t.
I really liked Simone, and another character who I was glad was a ‘goodie(!)’ that I can’t name or it will have to go on the ‘spoiler’ side of things. There were actually a lot of characters, at times slightly difficult to keep up with, but that was, I suppose the nature of the book. I trusted no-one, sure that there was a hand being kept close to someone’s chest. My lack of trust paid off at times and my judgement failed elsewhere, as I zipped through. The length on Amazon said 318 pages, and it is some testament to this book if it truly is that length, because it felt shorter (not short, mind, just shorter!)
Now, the downsides. If you remember correctly there was a moment in The Girl With No Past that I found slightly memorable solely because it was tough going. There are more moments such as that in this book, in fact I winced at one point. There’s sexual attacks in the story that I found to be quite graphic, more by what is insinuated than what is ‘shown,’ and the book is narrated, not only through Simone’s voice, but also that of a predator which at times I found a bit harsh, or maybe grating, I can’t really tell which. While the book took me along with it, there were some scenes teetering on the ‘that’s a bit too much of a coincidence”s side, including the ending, which I’m afraid I guessed, just a little bit before, though I didn’t know it was possible.
So there you go. Enjoyed it even though it messed with my head, and I definitely recommend for those of you who don’t mind the violence I described above. In summation, I will continue to follow Kathryn Croft’s books to see where she goes next.
Rating: 4/5
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