16 Jan 2016

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Blog Tour Book Review / The Child's Secret by Amanda Brooke

A little girl is missing. Her parents are hiding something. Who will pay the price?

When eight-year-old Jasmine Peterson goes missing, the police want to know everything.

What is local park ranger, Sam McIntyre, running away from and why did he go out of his way to befriend a young girl?

Why can’t Jasmine’s mother and father stand to be in the same room as each other?

With every passing minute, an unstoppable chain of events hurtles towards a tragic conclusion.

Everyone has secrets. The question is: who will pay the price?

Published:     14th January 2016
Publisher:  Harper
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher

 After having read both Another Way to Fall and The Missing Husband by Amanda Brooke I was so excited to read her next book.  Amanda Brooke has this way of building up suspense and mystery in a story and adding the right amount of drama to it that I just love.  There a couple of her older novels that I have still to read but don't worry, I'll be picking those up very soon!

What I loved about this story...
I loved this story.  I am so glad that I have started the year with this story (as well as another really long series I am trying to finish).  The writing in this book is so good and so addictive I just didn't want to put it down.  In fact, I have to say that I read this over the course of a few nights after work and kept on reading until I couldn't stand to keep my eyes open any longer!  I liked the fact that this story is split between 'present day' when Jasmine has gone missing with the police trying to find her and 'the past' going through all that happened that lead up to the moment she went missing.  This 'split story telling' is just so addictive.

What I was not fond of with this story...
Honestly, I would have loved the ending to have been a bit more explosive than it was.  That's not to say that the ending wasn't really good and I definitely enjoyed finding out what happened but I think that the suspense for me just kept building in the book and when I came to nearer the end of the book I had built it up in my own mind to be a lot bigger than it was.  That's no reflection on the story telling at all, I think it was entirely my fault for building up the suspense in my head too much.  

If you are the kind of reader that loves moral issues and reads authors such as Jody Picoult and Diane Chamberlain then you should definitely pick up this book and give it ago.  My other favourite of Amanda's is The Missing Husband which is definitely a must read...