"Bampton, Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later: Sophie Jenkins's mother commits suicide.
Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her and move on with her life. But news of the suicide re-opens old wounds and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.
This is a story about loss and family secrets, and how often the very darkest secrets are those that are closest to you."
Some of the characters are not particularly likeable or easy to relate to. I wasn't terribly keen on Rachel, nor could I relate to her, but it didn't detract from the story, if anything it made me read on more, perhaps to see if the kidnapper disliked her as much as I did!
There are plenty of unexpected twists in this novel, and I found myself comparing the writing to the likes of Sophie Hannah (not a bad thing). I found, as I often do with Sophie Hannah's books, that I really couldn't figure where it was all going - there were lots of little strands of plot, none of which I could easily tie up. This was one aspect of the novel that I particularly enjoyed - there's nothing better than getting to the end of the novel without managing to see ANY of it coming.
A good, strong plot line, although a slow burner it's definitely worth sticking with, even if it's just for the beautifully twisty ending.
In Bitter Chill is out now and you can get it here:
**My thanks to the publisher for my ARC**