They were all there the day your sister went missing...
Who is lying? Who is next?
THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.
Eleanor never came back.
NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.
When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…
If you love Sue Fortin, Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train, this psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.
What readers are saying about Samantha Hayes:
‘Soooooooooooooo worth a read! WOW. Gob-smacked! Absolutely fantastic!’ Cusaklover, 5 stars
‘This clever thriller is utterly brilliant and you'll race through to the shocking ending. Warning - it's a sleep-stealer!’ Closer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow and wow again. This was definitely the best read of the year.’ Pipsqueak, 5 stars
‘Just when you think you’ve figured things out, watch out for the twist!’ Cosmopolitan, 5 stars
‘Wow! What a stunning book. This book really knocked the stuffing out of me. One of the best psychological suspense books I've ever read.’ Kimberly 1, 5 stars
‘I carried this around until the last, horrifying, sentence; thought about it all for an hour or so, and went happily right back to the beginning and read it again!’ Katherine Kirby, 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book, i couldn't put it down
In August 1996 13-year-old Eleanor leaves the beach to buy an ice cream but doesn't return. Despite extensive searching, all that's found are the shorts she was wearing on the day she disappeared. As the days, weeks, months and eventually years pass, no one sees Eleanor again. Fast forward to June 2017 and Claire, Eleanor's elder sister, decides to organise a reunion of her childhood friends. Her father has Alzheimer's and she thinks it will rekindle memories of happier times when everyone was carefree and life was idyllic. However, when the daughter of one of Claire's friends goes missing in circumstances shockingly reminiscent of Eleanor's disappearance 21 years earlier, it becomes apparent that all is not as it appears... The Reunion grabbed me from the moment I read the blurb. I knew it was exactly my kind of book. I love reading about hidden family secrets and people who are not quite what they seem. I find myself being sucked in until I'm totally immersed. Much to my pleasure, this book was no different. The characters were well-developed and plausible; especially Claire, who became my constant companion. I thought the pacing was a little on the slow side but that's my only gripe. I absolutely loved all the brilliant twists, turns and insinuations. It's great when a sentence here and there can change your whole perception - that's the mark of a truly gifted author. The writing was engaging and flawless; it flowed with ease and conjured up each moment perfectly. What can I mention about the ending? Only that if I spent a million years trying to guess how it would finish, I'd be completely wrong!
Despite the rules, Claire let Eleanor walk to the ice cream shop from the beach where Claire, their brother Jason & a couple of their closest friends were all hanging out and having a great time. The problem was, Eleanor never came back. Fast forward to when they are all adults with families of their own. Their dad has alzheimers and it is getting harder and harder for their mom to manage the upkeep of their big farm and take care of him as well. Claire decides to have a reunion with all those that were there the day her little sister went missing. What should be a fun week turns into a nightmare of epic proportions as someone else goes missing, truths are revealed, and everyone is left in shock. This book is full of twists and turns that will delight even the most hardcore fans of suspense. This is definitely one you want to add to your must-read list.
Wow, wow, wow! Just when I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong! And that was 3 pages from the end! I love a good book about secrets and lies: deceptions from the past and present. But this one literally kept me up all night as I had to know whose secrets were the worst! When Claire and Jason's younger sister, Lenni goes missing, the family is thrown into chaos as both of the siblings feel somewhat responsible as Lenni has always been protected as she is "simple." Years later her disappearance still haunts the family even as both Claire and Jason have moved on and are married with children. Their mother, Shona deals with her husband, Patrick's move into dementia and his wanderings/memory loss. When Claire organizes a reunion to celebrate her dad and bring childhood friends back together, all hell breaks loose...slowly. Weaving past and present, we are thrown into the maelstrom of childhood jealousies, passion, familial duty, and so many emotions that your head will be spinning--seriously, right up until the last page that had me gasping! Thanks to NetGalley!