5 stars A great debut By Marianne “Firmly grounded in Liverpool, the story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Gina and Charley. It explores the conflicting loyalties found within families, the importance of friendship, and unwraps corruption within the heart of the city. Coombes also gives a convincing and delicate insight into issues of mental health. And isn’t the cover just beautiful?!”
When someone is missing and all you have are their words…
The sudden disappearance of Charley Ellison’s sister leaves too many unanswered questions. With no close family, and the police showing little interest, Charley must track down Gina herself, using her sister’s custom definitions – random words and sentences summarising life events. This leads Charley to realise how little she really knows about Gina’s relationship with her fiancé and his family.
Desperate to find Gina, Charley begins a dangerous journey, using the definitions to question people close to her sister. They lead her into the sinister world of the family Gina was about to marry into. But Charley’s own past holds dark secrets too, ones that threaten to overcome her at every turn.
Can you escape your past and move on? How well do you really know your own family? How far will they go to protect you? A tense, thrilling novel set in Liverpool about a family divided by secrets and a sister who won’t give up.