It used to be more of a community round here. I was going to say something like this wouldn’t have happened then, but it would, wouldn’t it? Maybe a lot of it was kept quiet. But was it really any safer? Is anywhere safe?
Kath has lived on the same London estate for decades. Lately she’s become friendly with the little girl next door, who is often left alone for hours at a time while her mum is at work.
They have a system. When Mina gets home from school to the empty flat, she knocks on the wall three times. Knock, knock, knock. I’m home safe and sound.
But one day Mina’s knock doesn’t come. Kath raises the alarm and the police begin the search. Kath was the only person looking out for Mina – now she might be the only one who can bring her home.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was refreshing to read a thriller whose main character is an eighty-five-year-old woman dealing with real life struggles such as poverty, failing health, and loneliness. When Kath becomes a key witness in the disappearance of her next-door neighbor, she gains notoriety as a Miss Marple type while she aids the police and comforts the mother of the missing child.
Kath and the supporting characters in this novel alternate chapters in their points of view. The action and dialogue of each seems authentic and believable, which drew me deeper into the story and kept me turning the pages. A unique novel and a recommended read.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4881279348
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B52RHJFF