Title: The Reunion
Author: Samantha Hayes
Publication Date: February 9, 2018
Page Count: 384
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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 loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.
The Reunion by Samantha Hayes was a bit of a slow burning thriller read. The beginning of the story takes readers back to 1996 when teenage Claire was in charge of watching her younger sister Lenni at the beach. Lenni had begged to be able to go for ice cream and never returned.
After the initial introduction to what had happened in the past the story jumps to present time where the point of view will begin switching between characters. In the present Claire’s father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she gets the idea that it would be good to get all the old crowd together before he gets worse and the family has to sell their property.
The first half of the book is when the story is slowly being built while introducing all of the key characters. As readers learn who is who it becomes apparent that there are secrets and lies among the group and before the readers knows it the intensity ramps up with things taking a horrible turn in the present.
Once getting to the second half of this story events begin happening that truly make this what one would call a gripping read. As the pages turn assumptions will be made but with one twist after another the layers of the outcome get revealed leaving off with one of those jaw dropping moments and making a great read for the thriller fans out there.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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