‘My name is Phoebe Locklear. I think I’m your daughter.’
I rehearse the words as I walk up the path, clutching a faded old photograph of a little girl with thick dark hair.
When I knock, the door opens, and there she is: the woman I believe is my mother. The woman whose five-year-old daughter disappeared fifteen years ago.
Had I known what would happen next, would I have knocked on that door? Would I take back the lives I’ve destroyed?
But now that I’ve started, there’s no going back. I can’t stop until I find out who I really am.
Even if the truth could kill me.
Twisty, addictive and utterly unputdownable, Gone Before asks what happens when your whole life turns out to be a lie. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Gone Girl and The Silent Patient.
IDENTITY - condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is
Imagine discovering that everything that you thought you knew about yourself may be a lie. Our identities are a core part of our human make up and without them we are as lost as a baby bird trapped in a gust of wind. This gripping tale is the story of Phoebe, a young woman who's search for the truth uncovers a number of shocking revelations and a catalogue of lies,secrets, deceptions and manipulations that started before she was born.Phoebe had recently discovered that she had apparently been kidnapped at the age of five and that Roz the woman that she had grown up believing to be her mother had apparently been lying to her. Only after she uncovers where her alleged birth mother Kay and alleged step father David are living, turns up on their doorstep and agrees to a DNA test, the results are not what she expected. At first she is understandably upset,lost, bewildered and directionless but then a determination to uncover the truth about her past and true identity kicks in. Was she really the little five year old girl who mysteriously disappeared fifteen years ago? Had there been a mix up with the DNA results? Why had Roz apparently been lying to her? Phoebe was a feisty,stubborn,determined, very intelligent,flawed but likeable character who I couldn't help feeling a lot of sympathy for as the story unfolded and she gradually uncovered the truth and the shocking events that had happened in the past. Throughout her quest to uncover the truth, she encouraged danger and a mixed bag off diverse, vivid characters, some likeable, some not so likeable.One character in particular was particularly sinister and spine chillingly creepy.
This is a very well written,tightly plotted page turner that has a multitude of twists,keeps the reader guessing and has a genuinely unexpected conclusion. I really enjoyed this gripping,enthralling thriller and would happily read more of this author's books in the future.
Sam Hepburn read modern languages at Cambridge University and, after a brief spell in advertising, joined the BBC as a General Trainee. She worked as a documentary maker for twenty years and was one of the commissioners for the launch of BBC Four. Since then, she has written several books, including psychological thrillers Gone Before and Her Perfect Life, and novels for young adults and children. She won the 2017 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story award and has been nominated for several other prestigious prizes, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal for her YA thrillers.
Sam has worked and travelled widely in Africa and the Middle East, and is a trustee of the Kenyan’s children’s charity, I Afrika. She now lives in London with her husband and children.
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