Stolen by Tess Stimson #bookreview #thriller

Title: Stolen

Author: Tess Stimson

Publisher:  Avon

Publication Date: January 4, 2022

Page Count:  448

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

You thought she was safe. You were wrong…

Alex knows her daughter would never wander off in a strange place. So when her three-year-old vanishes from an idyllic beach wedding, Alex immediately believes the worst.

The hunt for Lottie quickly becomes a world-wide search, but it’s not long before suspicion falls on her mother. Why wasn’t she watching Lottie? 

Alex knows she’s not perfect, but she loves her child. And with all eyes on her, Alex fears they’ll never uncover the truth unless she takes matters into her own hands.

Who took Lottie Martini? And will she ever come home?

A totally addictive thriller, with a twist you just won’t see coming. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Louise Candlish and T.M. Logan will be totally gripped from the very first page.

Stolen by Tess Stimson is a thriller on every parent’s nightmare, an abducted child. This was originally published in August of ’21 with the paperback now coming in January. The story in Stolen is another that changes the point of view between characters in the book.

Alexa Martini is a single mother to her darling three year old daughter Lottie. Alexa has taken her daughter to the US to attend a wedding of a friend in Florida on the beach. Little Lottie is going to be participating in the ceremony, one of a few darling little flower girls.

The wedding goes off without a hitch along the beach and the participants and guests head back to the reception. Alexa watches as the girls follow along with the crowd as she continues to flirt with another guest. Time passes as Alexa goes to track down Lottie and can’t seem to find her with the police being called in.

Stolen by Tess Stimson was the type of book that I had a hard time stopping turning the pages needing to know just what had really happened to the little girl. The story felt like something on the news at this day and time with victim blaming (Alexa’s parenting) and then race (the little white girl making the news) which is exactly what happens these days. There were twists and turns and red herrings galore that made it even more compelling but of course reading as much as I do I did see the end coming but it was still a really fun ride to get there.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

Goodreads  /   Amazon*

About the author:

Tess Stimson is the author of thirteen novels, including top ten bestseller The Adultery Club, and two non-fiction books, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages.

A former British journalist and reporter, Stimson was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Florida in 2002 and moved to the US. She now lives and works in Vermont with her husband Erik, their three children, and (at the last count) two cats, three fish, one gerbil and a large number of bats in the attic.

For more information, visit or follow Tess on Twitter and Facebook.

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3 Comments on “Stolen by Tess Stimson #bookreview #thriller

  1. Wonderful review Carrie. I also loved the ride in this one. It was my first by this author, but it won’t be my last.


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