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Title: The Vanishing Child
Author: Jennifer Harvey
Pub Day: August 26th 2021
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley, too, For my copy of this book - here’s my honest review: This story starts with dramatic events from the past And how Carla endeavours to resolve them at last. It is a family drama, and investigation, too A boy walks home from school but never gets there He vanished and was gone, but no one knows where. Almost forty years later some clues may help to tell Who did what, when and how, only time will tell. When Suzie calls Carla to let her know Her estranged father is dying and wants to see her so She travels to her father’s home and there she finds Diaries, photos and mementos that bring fears to mind. Carla is befriended by CeCe, whose son disappeared Vanished so long ago - its almost forty years. Reading the diaries, the family drama starts to unfold About the secrets that still remain untold. Suspicions mount and the tensions grow What the truth is, Carla wants to know. Can they discover what happened in the past? Can CeCe and her son be reunited at last? This is a story involving family history As the family try to solve the mystery. It is a suspense filled, yes, indeed A gripping story and emotional read
It’s funny how one innocent decision can ruin your life. For me it was letting my son pedal away on his bike that hot summer day. He’d been so excited to go out by himself—like a big boy. And though I was usually so protective, I let him…
When Carla returns to her father’s house to care for him in his final days, she feels lost and heartbroken. So she’s glad when she meets a kindly older woman named CeCe, and they develop a warm, natural friendship. CeCe understands loss too. Because nearly forty years before her only son disappeared without trace, from this same small town.
Then, sorting through her father’s house, Carla discovers a box of diaries and newspaper clippings from the year CeCe’s son went missing. Her father was barely more than a child himself at the time, but it’s clear the disappearance affected him strongly.
The whole town is haunted by the memory of that summer: of the boy who was never found. But as Carla delves further into her father’s past she realises he may actually have known more than he has ever said—and that perhaps the answers CeCe so desperately seeks have been hidden here in this house all along.
With her father now too ill to tell his story himself, will Carla be able to discover the truth about what happened to the child who vanished—and give CeCe the answers she’s been seeking for forty years?
A heart-wrenching and emotionally charged novel about small-town secrets and the price of facing up to the truth. Fans of Liane Moriarty, Nicole Trope and The Silent Daughter will be gripped from the very first page until the final, heart-stopping twist.
Jennifer Harvey is a Scottish writer now living in Amsterdam.
Her short fiction has appeared in various publications in the US, Canada, and the UK and she has been shortlisted for the Bristol Prize, the Bridport Prize and placed third in the University of Sunderland Short Story Award. Her novels have been longlisted for the Bath Novel Award and her radio dramas have also won prizes and commendations from the BBC World Service.
Alongside writing, she is a Resident Reader for Carve Magazine, an editor for Carve Critiques, and serves as a member of the Editorial Board for Ellipsis Magazine. When not writing, she can be found sauntering along the Amsterdam canals, dreaming up new stories.