My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
ABOUT THE BOOK
On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn’s abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS.
When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke. But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know. It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping. She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.
But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?
WHAT I THOUGHT
The introduction to this haunting novel left me enthralled for what lay ahead in what can only be described as a dark and troubling thriller based on a child kidnapping. It is every parents worst nightmare… the question is though, are Francine and Autumn reunited?!
Francine lives alone and drinks neat vodka as a form of coping mechanism which leads you to believe that she is a functioning alcoholic. She is obviously trying to suffocate the pain she feels inside from losing a child. Francine though is an admirable character. The extent she goes to, to try and find her daughter is painstakingly beautiful. She has been through a lot over the last ten years but she has always had hope in her heart which has kept her head above water during troubling times.
Francine receives a note through the door which she can only assume is regarding her missing daughter. Straight away her mind is drunkenly racing with possible scenarios of what this note could mean. She contacts her ex-husband – Will, who is reluctant to have anything to do with Francine anymore, but he agrees to meet with her when she mentions it is about Autumn… is Will going to be of any help to her though, or will he think she is crazy?!
I would love to write more about Autumn, the missing child, but I fear that I would give too much away by doing so. What I will say though is that she is a very strong character who has endured a lot since going missing. S. B. Caves imagination for her central characters is perfect, these could be real people she has created as they are all flawed just like every human.
What has been produced here is an exquisite novel which is easy to keep up with, exhilarating and takes you into a dark world which we all hope doesn’t truly exist. There are some tense moments which left my fingernails in a right state, and there were moments that left my heart breaking. The storyline would make a perfect film adaptation, and I think there is room for a possible sequel too (well I hope so anyway!).
Canelo Publishers and Netgalley amazingly provided me with an advanced e-copy of I Know Where She Is in return for my opinions. It is out to buy on the 14 August and I think it is definitely one you should give a read.
My final word: Chilling.