Dear Amy: The Sunday Times Bestselling Psychological Thriller

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 16, 2016 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Would you risk your life to save a stranger?
Discover what happens next in the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller, Dear Amy . . .

A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the 'Dear Amy' advice column, receives a letter:

Dear Amy,

I've been kidnapped by a strange man.
I don't know where I am.

Please help me,
Bethan Avery

This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago.

As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and - unlike the police - convinced that the girls' disappearances are connected.

Solving this puzzle could save someone's life - but could it also cost Margot her own?

'A first-rate psychological thriller. It's simply impossible to guess what's coming next' Irish Independent

'Terrific - delivers suspense, twists and smart writing' Julia Heaberlin, author of Sunday Times bestselling Black-Eyed Susans

'Haunting . . . this story will stay with you' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife

'Skilfully handled. An accomplished psychological thriller' Daily Mail

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This is a really difficult book to review without giving away any of the story or dropping spoilers so I will have to keep it brief.
This is a well-written psychological thriller which, for the
most part, is fast paced - the latter stages of the book being more so. The main character, Margot, is well developed and a complex but flawed person; a little paranoid and prone to bouts of whining (aren’t we all!) but it was a little tiresome at times and this reduced my ability to connect with her or really care that much about her and her plight. The plot is fairly enjoyable with parts of it being plausible but with some of it being a little over the top. I liked the writing style which was easy to read and flowing.
Overall, an enjoyable read but not one that I can be overly enthusiastic about but I would read more of Helen Callaghan’s books in the future and thanks to the publisher, Penguin UK Michael Joseph via NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest review and for introducing me to another new British author.

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About the author (2016)

Helen Callaghan was born in Los Angeles, California, to British parents, and her early years were spent in both the US and UK. After several early false starts as a nurse, barmaid and actor, she settled into bookselling, working as a fiction specialist and buyer for a variety of bookshops. Eventually, she studied for her A-levels at night school and achieved a place at Cambridge University as a mature student.

Helen's debut novel, Dear Amy, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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