- this edition published 2018 by Harper Collins Publishers
- ISBN 978-1-4607-5582-2
- 328 pages
Emma Cardwell, celebrity mum and host of top-rating morning TV show Cuppa, seems to have it all: fame, money and a gorgeous family. But when her little girl disappears from day-care – captured on CCTV footage at a nearby shopping centre leaving with someone Emma has never seen before – her world is turned upside down.
As the minutes tick by, and pressure mounts, every part of Emma’s life comes under examination. Is this a kidnapping, the work of a crazed stalker, or an obsessed fan? Is
somebody out for revenge or is this something closer to home?
And there is the aching question: how much do we really know about those who
care for our children . . . and about the people we love?
When Emma arrives home after a long day she finds that her husband has forgotten to collect their young daughter from child care. But it is now 8 pm so where is Fox? Why hasn’t anybody from the child care centre contacted her?
The police are called in and despite their best efforts to keep the news low key the television station that Emma works for takes over the management of the publicity. Fox’s disappearance turns out to be a publicity bonanza as PJ, Emma’s colleague on the morning show, head up a live presentation that focusses on Fox’s recovery.
The book has the reader guessing who has been responsible for the kidnapping, perhaps even Emma herself, and the story twists and turns almost unpredictably. I certainly didn’t forsee the final explanation.
The story takes an almost cynical look at what goes on in the television industry to keep programmes alive, presenters attractive and popular, and fresh stories coming.
My rating: 4.7