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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Dear Amy

Margot Lewis is a columnist a sort of agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. She also teaches classics at a private school. Margot also has a chequered history which she has taken great pains to conceal as she knows if it gets out that is the end of her teaching career. Subject to mood swings and depression and bouts of lack of self confidence, I wondered how she was an agony aunt and teacher in the first place but as I said all this seemed well hidden at most times.

A girl from this school goes missing but there seems to be little hue and cry as it is assumed that she ran away from home - from a mother and a stepfather and all the implications from that sentence. Unfair but that was the way it went. Getting letters from a girl who went missing twenty years ago and who was presumed dead all these years opens up a new avenue for the police and the Missing Persons Unit. Building up a case from these letters and taking it a step at a time comes this strange thriller. Mystery, abduction of course and above all the twists and turns of the human mind.

The book was startling by the end, totally unexpected from my point of view and held me in thrall throughout.

Sent to me by Edelweiss for an unbiased review.