Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A baby goes missing. But does her mother want her back?
When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.
Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…
Gone Girl meets Girl on a Train was how this book was billed and having read both of these books I was really looking forward to fast paced psychological thriller. I was left a bit deflated as I found it to be mainly about psychoanalysis of a postpartum woman who appears to have 'lost' her child and only through many sessions with a therapist can the reader unpick what has happened to her baby Mia.
The first part of the book was totally gripping, especially when Mia is suddenly missing and Estelle has been in a car accident and appears to be suffering from amnesia - but then page 162 for 100 pages not until page 262 did it really get going again. Although a fascinating process to piece together snippets of memory as Estelle is given triggers it was so slow and almost boring. I was very close to just quitting but I do try hard not to do this so I can given an honest review so persevered with it. As I said pg 262 it started to gain momentum again but I felt that Alexandra Burt must have realised she had to finish this and from then on it was hurried and for me an anti climax.
I didn't really like this book, it seemed way too long and I couldn't really connect with the characters, at the end I really didn't care what happened the ending was not really worth the investment of having read 456 pages and such a shame it was marketed against two very good novels as it set expectations very high. It was in no way as memorable as these other two novels and feel readers will get the wrong idea about this book from the marketing.
I can only give this book 3 stars and this is mainly due to the fact that it was well written.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.