Lynda La Plante's Twisted takes a look at every parent's worst nightmare - a teenage daughter going missing. Has the beautiful, academically-gifted Amy run away? Or is it something more sinister?
As the police get involved and start analysing every last word and gesture before her disappearance, the cracks begin to show in the apparent perfection of her life. It was no secret that her parents, Marcus and Lena Fulford, were separated but, particularly as she was at boarding school, Amy seemed largely unaffected by any trauma or upset. The investigation soon throws up all manner of worrying secrets though - suspected cyberbullying at school, her father's dubious sexual behaviour, her mother's chauffeur's criminal record, a peephole in her bedroom wall which leads to niggling doubts about child abuse, her appearance in a red light district ...
As the finger of suspicion points in turn at each of the people she has been in contact with, the strain starts to take its toll. This really made me think about real life high profile cases of child abduction, such as Maddie McCann, and the pressure that the parents come under as the investigation progresses. I also like the way the supposed events change every time new evidence comes to light - this reminded me of the early series of Cold Case which I used to love, and shows how people can easily jump to the wrong conclusions about people and situations.
In a sinister twist, various suspects start to die in suspicious circumstances. What if it is now becoming a murder investigation instead of a simple missing person case? And if it is, who is to blame?
It's a cleverly woven plot that kept me guessing and second-guessing all the way through. I didn't work out who was the culprit until he/she was basically the only one left ! I did think the very end was a bit of a let down though.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £18.99
Disclosure : I received a review copy of the book.
Other blogposts you may be interested in :