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Penguin Pr. Mar. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780143131052. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781524704841. MYS
Eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappears from her parents' middle-class Oxford home while they are hosting a barbecue to celebrate the end of the school year. By the time DI Adam Fawley is called in, most of the adults at the party have trampled the grounds and the surrounding neighborhood looking for the little girl and there is no evidence to show where she might have gone or with whom. It is almost as if she was never at the barbecue at all, and as the investigation gathers steam, evidence mounts that perhaps she never was and that nothing is as it first appears.
VERDICT Debut author Hunter writes a multilayered British police procedural in which each layer that is peeled back reveals another secret to keep readers hooked to the very end. [A Judy and Richard Book Club Spring 2018 pick.]
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