My Little Girl – ARC Book Review

My Little Girl: A totally gripping psychological thriller full of shocking twists by [Shalini Boland]

Your daughter is missing. Did someone close to you take her?

Seven-year-old Beatrice has gone missing. Her mother Claire’s whole world has been turned upside down in just one moment and she can’t stop shaking. She’s desperate to find her precious daughter, but nothing about the day she disappeared makes sense…

The mother-in-law: Jill was meant to be looking after Beatrice. She says she didn’t take her eyes off the little girl but her version of events doesn’t add up… Claire has never got on with her, so why should she trust her now?

The husband: He should have been with their only child. Instead, he changed the plans without telling Claire. She didn’t think there were any secrets between them, but maybe she was wrong?

The first wife: Laurel has always been jealous of Claire’s family. Has her husband’s ex-wife taken her daughter?

Which one of them is lying? And who really knows where Beatrice is?

No. of pages:- 363 pages

Date published:- will be published on 22nd April 2021

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Psychological thriller

The worst nightmare a mother could face is when her own child disappears mysteriously into thin air. That’s what happened to Claire Nolan when her mother-in-law, Jill offered to look after Beatrice and her friend Millie. Claire’s husband, Ollie was supposed to look after the girls but Jill, ended up looking after them. Jill tries hard to become a good grandmother but Claire thinks Jill could be absent minded and may not look after Beatrice properly. And so that’s what happened when Jill was answering the phone and the next moment, Beatrice went missing.

This is the second book I have read from Shalini Boland, the first one being the Wife. This book was really gripping and well written that I was hooked into the book from the beginning. The story was told from the perspectives of Claire and Jill, their complicated relationship with each other and the fact that Jill is more favorable towards Laurel, Ollie’s ex-wife more than to Claire, creates a tense atmosphere between the two women. So we would know how these characters feel about each other. Though initially I didn’t like both the women, soon I get to have soft spot for both as I know what it is like to feel when your child goes missing. Too many suspects, particularly Laurel, who seems to be jealous of the way Claire is living happily with Ollie. There were so many twists and turns and the ending was really good that I couldn’t even put the book down!! Read this book in one go!! I mean I couldn’t wait until the end to know who on earth had really abducted Beatrice.

In short, this novel is quiet unputdownable, chilling, gripping filled with twists and turns that will take your breath away! Quiet a roller coaster ride I had with this book! Worth five stars!

Shalini Boland

Shalini Boland is the million-copy, USA-Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers: ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (optioned for TV by Legendary Studios and FX Networks), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, ‘THE CHILD NEXT DOOR’, ‘THE SILENT SISTER’, ‘THE PERFECT FAMILY’, ‘THE MARRIAGE BETRAYAL’, ‘THE OTHER DAUGHTER’, ‘ONE OF US IS LYING’ and ‘THE WIFE.’

MY LITTLE GIRL is now available to pre-order!

Her titles are published by Bookouture, Grand Central (USA) and Tantor.

Shalini lives by the sea in Dorset, England with her husband, two teens and their cheeky dog, Jess. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between re-stocking the fridge and dealing with endless baskets of laundry).

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as a children’s WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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