Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Review: Last Seen by Lucy Clarke

In a small seaside community there's always somebody watching...
Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever.

Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to.

Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they'll do anything to keep the truth buried.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

This book... I'm struggling to put down in words exactly how I feel having read it. From the first time I read the blurb I was intrigued and as I slipped between the pages and uncovered the secrets and lies within I struggled to put this book down. 

The story unfolds from two points of view in separate chapters. Sarah's chapters are very much in the here and now immediately after Jacob's disappearance. Isla's chapters are a little more all over the place. Through her chapters we get to see both her and Sarah when they were younger, the events that led to them becoming mothers, spending summers in their beach huts and ultimately Marley's death. But we also get snippets from Isla from the here and now. 
But both points of view begin to paint a picture that is very different from the one we are first introduced to.

This story is a beautiful tale of friendship and family, summers spent by the sea. But it's also a story filled with secrets and lies. And a warning of what can happen when things turn sour.

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