‘I can help you save your sister. But I need something from you …’
Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …
Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.
Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?
It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …
A gripping and addictive thriller about family secrets and lies and the lengths people will go to protect them. Perfect for fans of Teresa Driscoll and Louise Jensen.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a pretty short book but packs a hefty story in those pages. The story begins with a family in a trailer park, lack of money and frayed tempers that lead to violence time and time again. Bree Walker, the oldest of three children has always had to take the role of little mother for her younger sister Alissa, now 16 years old while her brother had to toughen up from regular beatings from their dad.
Now there is only the two girls and their mother at the trailer but their mother works long hours while Bree works and still cares for her sister. When Bree returns home one day she finds her sister’s rug sack on the steps to the trailer with a note in the bottom giving here very clear instructions if she wants to see her alive again.
Within the first chapters, I felt helpless for Bree with an impossible dilemma and the clock ticking away every second of Alissa’s chances. This kidnapper was after something much more precious than money. Oh wow, there wasn’t much to go on but Bree was much wiser than her years.
There are some real shady characters in the story so trying to follow clues and work out what the hell was going on wasn’t going to be easy. Whatever it was it would either destroy this already broken family or help mend them. Loved the persistence of Alissa’s friend who over time had become as good as a member of the family, her family was even worse than theirs. One of the saddest things was the only person Bree had any faith in was herself.
The story got to me way after finishing it and makes you count the blessings you have. There are some really crazy people in this world and definitely some in this book.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.