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Monday, 20 June 2016

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan Book Review



First Class Psychological Suspense From a Major New Voice in Fiction

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: Dear Amy,
I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me.
Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . 

Kindle Edition348 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by Penguin


Very grateful to NetGalley for the chance to read this fascinating thriller!  The cover first caught my eye and then when I first read the blurb it sounded like my kind of read, and I wasn't disappointed!!

Margot Lewis is a school teacher, and agony aunt.  She works for the local paper answering problems sent to their 'Dear Amy' page and she genuinely seems to enjoy helping people.  But she soon receives some rather disturbing letters reportedly from Bethan Avery, a young girl who had gone missing 17 years ago, feared dead by the police, asking for  help to be rescued.  

At first Margot thinks this must be some kind of hoax, but as more letters arrive containing details that weren't released to the press she is convinced there is more to them than meets the eye and she soon becomes obsessed with getting to the bottom of the mystery.  Her interest is heightened by the fact that one of her students, Katie Browne, recently has gone missing in similiar circumstances and the police seem to assume she has just run away so seem reluctant to investigate much further.

The story then takes a mixed look at life through the eyes of Margot as she becomes consumed by tracking down Bethan, and also Katie as we discover how she is being kept at a house against her will just willing someone to find her and rescue her.

The normality of life as a teacher and the darker side of the mystery mix really well in this fast paced thriller and there are also some big curve-balls that had me shocked as more and more is revealed throughout, so I was just desperate to keep reading until the end!

Highly recommend this as a gripping mystery thriller with a darker edge to it.

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