Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Nobilo at Profile Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A Ruined Girl by Kate Simants
ABOUT THE BOOK
* WINNER OF THE BATH NOVEL AWARD *
‘A tense, unsettling and emotionally engaging whydunnit that grips from the first page’ SOPHIE HANNAH
‘Gritty, tense, and superbly plotted. The ending left me breathless’ HARRIET TYCE
‘A complete triumph. an intelligent and deeply satisfying thriller with such vivid characters it’s impossible to believe they aren’t real‘ ELIZABETH HAYNES
TWO BOYS LOVED HER.
BUT WHICH ONE KILLED HER?
On a dark night two years ago, teenagers Rob and Paige broke into a house. They beat and traumatised the occupants, then left, taking only a bracelet. No one knows why, not even Luke, Rob’s younger brother and Paige’s confidant. Paige disappeared after that night. And having spent her life in children’s homes and the foster system, no one cared enough to look for her.
Now Rob is out of prison, and probation officer Wren Reynolds has been tasked with his rehabilitation. But Wren has her own reasons for taking on Rob as a client. Convinced that Rob knows what happened to Paige, and hiding a lifetime of secrets from her heavily pregnant wife, Wren’s obsession with finding a missing girl may tear her family apart…
This is a complex story that teased and prodded in present day to find out what happened to a young teenager, who vanished one night two years ago. Paige lived in a care home at the time and had committed a robbery with an older boy. Paige had disappeared that night, while Rob had gone on to serve time for the offence.
To ease the overcrowded conditions of the prisons a new programme was being tried out enabling suitable prisoners’ to be released back into the community early. There was a condition though, they had to revisit the people who they had committed a crime against, listen to them stating how the incident had affected them then the offender had to apologise for what they had done. Probation Officer Wren Reynolds makes Rob her priority to get involved with.
It wasn’t long before this story became my bubble with so many of the characters seeming to have something to hide. The failings of a system to protect the most vulnerable in society feels tragically real with the people who do care having to make personal sacrifices to do a good job. I really liked Wren but obsession could be her personal downfall.
With each new chapter, the anger and frustration began to build on every page and soon it rubbed off on me. The further that I read into the book the less hope I had for a good ending to all of this. Paige’s past is complex making her look for what is missing in her life but her emotions are confusing, especially when she has never known what normal is. Is Rob the key to where she is? He was the last person to see her.
A tremendous storyline that won’t be forgotten in a long time. I wish to thank NetGalley, the publisher and Profile Books for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Simants is a writer of psychological thrillers and crime fiction.
After a decade working in the UK television industry, specialising in investigative documentaries, police shows and undercover work, Kate relocated from London to Bristol to concentrate on writing. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Brunel Univeristy (2007) and another in Crime Fiction from the University of East Anglia (2018), where she was the recipient of the UEA Literary Festival Scholarship. Her novel LOCK ME IN was shortlisted for the 2015 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and is published by HarperCollins.
Kate won the 2019 Bath Novel Award with her second novel A RUINED GIRL, which is published by Viper/Serpent’s Tail in August 2020.
Kate’s agent is Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates