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What if my sister is unstable and everyone can see it but me? What was she really doing standing over Florence’s cot in the middle of the night?
Alexa has always looked up to her older sister Carrie. Carrie lives in Alexa’s family home, and adores her one-year-old niece Florence. Alexa doesn’t know how they would cope without her. So when Carrie is suspended from her job as a senior nurse, accused of the most terrible crime, Alexa reels in disbelief. Alexa knows how caring Carrie is, and as she watches Florence gurgling and cooing whenever Carrie is around, she knows her little girl is in safe hands.
Alexa’s husband doesn’t trust Carrie. He wants her out of the house, unable to ignore what people are saying about her. But when he suggests that Carrie could be a danger to their daughter, Alexa shuts him out. Nobody will ever come between her and her sister.
Then Florence is hurt while in Carrie’s care and Alexa at last starts to wonder. Alexa has always wanted to protect Carrie from the past they have hidden. But does Alexa know what Carrie wants? And will the secret that has kept the sisters together now destroy her little girl?
A completely gripping rollercoaster of a read about the darkness families hide behind closed doors. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will be hooked on The Girl She Wanted.
Gosh, they really weren’t joking when the blurb for this book suggest it is a “gripping rollercoaster of a read” – it really is! This is a story of grief, control, betrayal, manipulation, love, murder and mystery, an enthralling story of relationships, family and secrets. It really is a page turner which starts with two suspicious deaths in an A&E department in a hospital which is quite local to me and follows the reactions of family and friends as well as those under suspicion, especially those associated with the chief suspect, Carrie. Carrie is living with her younger sister’s family, but Alexa’s husband doesn’t trust Carrie and wants her to move out . . . as accusations are made, suspicions aroused, there will be many surprise twists and turns before the perpetrator is arrested!
This is a family drama and police investigation, a brilliantly enthralling read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and that ending . . . WOW!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing. Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.