I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
140.000 children go missing each year, and now Abigail will be one of them.
Abigail and Olivia are playing hide and seek, when suddenly Abigail disappears. DC Jennifer Knight is the Family Liaison Officer assigned to the case and when Abigail’s glasses are found broken and dirty everyone assumes the worse.
Joanna and Nick, the girls parents have their own anxieties, other than the possible abduction of their child and their inner turmoil is fraught with heartbreak and dark secrets. Joanna is the master of public presentation and her demeanor sometimes makes the reader wonder what kind of mother is she.
With a written diary entry enclosed, this gives insight to the perpetrator, who we find is the victim of bullying and then, tragically, abuse.
Blackwater Farm is a hive of history, it is sad, gloomy and fascinating and as with all Mitchell’s novels has a paranormal thread.
I love the paranormal aspect of this novel, and Caroline Mitchell’s expertise and experience of this topic shines through her writing. She has set the bar of this genre and stands next to no-one.
Everyone of her novels is my favourite, until I read the next one. She is one of those authors that just gets better with each publication. I actually read this in a morning and was completely glued. She has developed a style that just immerses the reader, totally absorbing and completely engaging.