2016 · Book review

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan *Review*

dear-amy

Description – Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received: Dear Amy,
I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me.
Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . .

Publication Date ~ June 16th 2016

Published By ~ Penguin UK – Michael Joseph

My thoughts – I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get around to reading this book, I hang my head in shame.

I seemed to get right into this book from the start which is always a good sign and it wasn’t long until I was quite engrossed in it. Margot a teacher also writes The Dear Amy column for The Cambridge Examiner when she starts receiving letters from a girl who went missing years ago, Bethan Avery. As another girl goes missing it soon becomes clear there is more to these letters than meets the eye.

I found Margot’s character to be quite strong, yet vulnerable, there was something about her that I couldn’t quite get to grips with to start with but soon realised why ( I won’t give anything away). I just kept feeling like I was missing something which added to the intensity of the story. The story is quite fast paced in places and the chapters are quite long but it was tense and I had to keep on reading to find out what was happening.

All in all this was a good psychological thriller with shocks and twists I really didn’t see coming. Maybe a tad far fetched in places but as a debut novel it was a great read and I’m looking forward to seeing what the author has in store next.

My rating 4/5

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