Published: 18th October 2018
Gina Mills is desperate to be a newsreader, but her boss – the one person who can make her dreams a reality, won’t help. Walking home one night, Gina stumbles upon a dead body and after calling the police, she makes the split-second decision to report the murder live. But when Gina finds a second body, it’s clear she’s being targeted. But why? How is this connected to the death of Gina’s younger sister so many years ago?
The gripping narrative opens with readers meeting the main two characters of the book: siblings Gina and Ryan who have recently let their past stay in the past in order to become a family unit once again. Gina is a warm, friendly character who is trying to find her way back into the world of TV after moving back into her London family home after a successful decade in Sussex and yet, she is struggling quite a lot. After her boyfriend pulls a few strings with a friend, Gina lands herself the job of a personal assistant to the biggest name in TV news and yet, she’s still not moving up the career ladder.
“But the woman I saw this morning could not have been Cassie. Because Cassie is dead. Isn’t she?”
While Elle introduces the readers into the lives of Gina, her brother Ryan and her illusionist boyfriend Julian, the plot quickly picks up the pace as she uncovers a female body on the floor of an alleyway one evening after post-work drinks. Elle describes the scene with such anticipation, not knowing what Gina will do – flee the scene or do the right thing? But in reality, she does what nobody expected of her: she films it live on the Facebook page of the news channel. Soon enough, the plot tempo picks up even quicker and there is a flurry of police interviews, tv interviews, the surprising comforting from her boss and the chance to save her career.
“And just like that, there’s no one left on my side. Not one person to help fight my battles. I’m alone.”
Alongside the uncovering of the first body, readers will also hear from a police detective who is trying to figure out the mystery of the case as well as several flashbacks to 1996 in which Sharon (the mother of Gina and Ryan) shares some home truths with the readers. With Gina discovering a second body on her way home from work, the police put everything they possibly can into solving the case but it is actually the readers who will find out before they do.
“I take one last look around me, at the house where this all began, at the home where I was never really loved and never allowed to truly be me.”
I can not say anything else about the book and as frustrating as that is for me, it would quite possibly spoil the plot for future readers because the ending is very unexpected. I read the book within two days surrounding the Christmas period and it was truly spectacular. Elle cleverly gives readers clues throughout the plot and just when readers think they know the truth, Elle throws in the biggest plot twist to leave you speechless. There are elements from Gina’s past which are crucial to the present day narrative but you can’t even begin to prepare yourself for what will be unleashed. This is a truly fantastic book and Elle Croft is one superb writer!