This wasn't quite what I expected. I thought this would be about how a child copes or is treated after being held captive for ten years, something very psychological, but it isn't really about that. There is that of course - how could there not be - but there is more a focus on who kidnapped him.
A scary opening as a mother watches her child get washed away during a storm. We can all identify with that fear in some way. The story never matches up to that again.
A few cliches, similar habits appearing in several characters and no one is particularly likeable. There's a really incredulous scene with the husband of the protagonist towards the end of the book, and that was a bit cringey. There is some repetition that really should have been picked up by the editor.
Having said that, the read has a good pace and I didn't skim any bits, which is always a good sign. There is enough in the story to keep me going to see what happens next. I wanted to know whodunit and was gripped enough until the end. This is a great beach read, not too taxing but interesting nonetheless.
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