This review is written with thanks to the publisher for my copy of Now You See Her via Netgalley.
Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.
Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.
Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.
Someone is hiding the truth.
So what really happened to Alice?
I’ve heard good things about Heidi Perks and I’ve wanted to read Now You See Her for a while, so I was pleased when it was added to our book club list. On the face of it, it’s a novel that seems right up my street: there’s a terrible crime, two unreliable narrators and lots of questions to answer.
For the most part, Now You See Her is a psychological thriller that does these elements well. With the story alternating between Harriet and Charlotte’s accounts, it is difficult to know which one is true and what really happened. I was keen to keep reading to answer the questions I had.
As the novel goes on, we gain more insight into the lives of the two women. I felt that the author developed the characters well, slowly revealing important details to us. Some of the characters gave me a really visceral reaction, and I must credit the author for this!
The ending of Now You See Her is particularly tense and I was interested to see how everything would work out. At times, I felt that I did have to suspend my disbelief and this meant it didn’t have the impact I expected.
Now You See Her is available from Amazon.