Losing You by Nicci French

Losing youI picked this book up because I needed something to read, and it’s set on an island off the east coast so the local connection attracted me. I really didn’t read it at the right time of year (July) – the action takes place on one day in December, but the descriptions of the bleak island location and the ever-present and ever-changing sea transported me very successfully.

The narrator is the mother of a teenage girl who goes missing on the morning of the day the family is due to go on holiday. The first-person narrative, uninterrupted by chapter breaks, shoots the story along at a great pace – almost too fast for me to establish who all the other characters are, and their relationships with each other. But it is a cleverly written story, taking us up various blind alleys in the hunt for the missing girl, and cranking up the tension as the mysteries are unravelled.

Perhaps not the natural choice for a summer holiday read, but a good book for a windswept East Anglian beach at any time of year.

Clare

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