I'm not a regular thriller reader, but when I do pick one up- a damn good psychological read will keep me hooked like nothing else. Blink is one of those. Damn good.
Our main character, Tori, is trying to rebuild a "normal" life with her daughter following the upheaval of a house move. Five year old Evie starts at a new school, single mother Toni starts a new job- and Grandma helps wherever she can.
Flash forward three years, and Toni is devastated and desperate to get her missing daughter back- if only her memories would straighten out and give her the clue she feels she's missing- when everyone else seems to have given up on her daughter.
The two time-lines eventually converge and collide in a literary firework show- revealing truths, secrets and lies that left me gasping for air.
Told from several viewpoints as well as the split time-line, I enjoyed how the the full plot emerged gradually as I started to untangle the different voices- and figured out which ones could be trusted. Blink is complex enough to keep you guessing throughout, but the split-timelines work perfectly and the writing is brilliantly clever- carrying you along effortlessly (if you can call losing sleep effortless!).
A beautifully written book with a creeping sense of dread that hits you from the first page. I'll definitely be reaching for another KL Slater next time I want a book to scare me witless!
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What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?
Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.
About KL SlaterFor many years, psychological thriller author KL Slater sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.