Here I am, back with a review. This one is a book that got me very curious since I read the synopsis.
“Stolen“, written by Tess Stimson, is a Thriller / Suspense novel, published on 5th August 2021 by Avon, HarperCollins.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Tess Stimson for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
You thought she was safe. You were wrong…
Alex knows her daughter would never wander off in a strange place. So when her three-year-old vanishes from an idyllic beach wedding, Alex immediately believes the worst.
The hunt for Lottie quickly becomes a world-wide search, but it’s not long before suspicion falls on her mother. Why wasn’t she watching Lottie?
Alex knows she’s not perfect, but she loves her child. And with all eyes on her, Alex fears they’ll never uncover the truth unless she takes matters into her own hands.
Who took Lottie Martini? And will she ever come home?
Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US
Potential Trigger Warning: Kidnapped/Missing child
About the Author
Tess Stimson is the British author of ten novels, including top-ten bestseller The Adultery Club, and two non-fiction books, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages.
Her first “proper” job after graduating from St Hilda’s College, Oxford (where she read English) was as a news trainee with ITN (Independent Television News). She reported and produced regional and world stories, travelling to hotspots and war-zones all over the globe.
In 2002, she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida and moved to the US. She now lives and works in Vermont with her husband, Erik, their three children, and (at the last count) two cats, three fish, one gerbil and a large number of bats in the attic.
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Thriller and suspense is a genre I have been exploring, reading and loving. And from beginning to end, “Stolen” was an amazing story, filled with intense emotions. The disappearance of a child is always hard to read about. Although I don’t have children just yet, I have a lot of cousins and I am a big sister, so thinking about it calls strong emotions and I can’t even imagine what parents would feel. The fact that Tess Stimson gave us realism in this story by comparing the real life case of Madeleine McCann (that disappeared in Portugal, and I’m from Portugal) was brilliant.
By now you may already know that this story is about a kidnapping. Alex’s three-year-old child, Lottie, vanishes from a beach wedding, and lots of questions just had to the mystery and fear. It’s like with so many other cases that have happened around the world. Not just Maddie McCann, but other – old and new, solved and unsolved – cases of missing kids in Portugal that I have followed in the news.
The brilliance of the novel is not just how realistic the characters and circumstances of the case were. The amazing thing was how the storyline developed. How the author gave us some information and yet opened so many possibilities in terms of the suspects and what happened, that I didn’t know what to think. I was curious and I had theories but wasn’t entire certain if I was right.
Overall, I loved the story. I’m trying to not give out spoilers. I can say I loved the story and how things went from the beginning to the resolution in the end. I was surprised, I was so focus, and I hope I can reread the book in the future so that I can see if there are any details along the book that I missed. I love this genre because of that, and because of how it left me wondering from start to finish.
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