Paperback: 384 pages

Kindle Edition: 764 KB
Published: February 2015 (first published January 1st 2015)

Publisher:  Piatkus
original title:  Burnt Paper Sky
ISBN13:  9780349406398
edition languageEnglish


I gave this book 4 well deserved stars!!


Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment.  Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.
But what really happened that fateful afternoon
Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust.  But can the nation trust Rachel?
The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.

What did I think?

Who could have taken the eight year old from the woods, and how do you find him when there are no witnesses and no clues?

This book is raw with emotional from the mother, anger and accusations flying throughout from the public and there are so many red herrings it is positively a shoal!

Getting into this book was slow for me. Even though the start gets to the point with Rachel looking back a year after her son Ben went missing, the narrative felt like it was getting nowhere fast. However, and this is a big however, this cleverly matched the way the police investigation was going; slowly and getting nowhere fast.

Written in the point of view with Rachel and Jim, the Detective heading the case it is an interesting mix because the effect the case has on Jim is through an account with a Counsellor.

The characters are unpredictable and self destructive in their own way, but there is no rule book on how to feel or behave when your life has been ripped apart by the disappearance of a child not knowing who has them and whether they are still alive. This is where Macmillan excels giving us the desperate chaos of emotions within family and friends.

The ending of the book was SO exciting and I had to keep reading, I had to find out whether my own hunches were right, but of course they weren’t!  I plumped for someone else as the abductor, wrongly it turned out.

This is a good read.

One criticism is that I have no idea why it is called Burnt Paper Sky, maybe I have missed something? The title of the book really didn’t grab me at all and I would possibly have overlooked it a store.
Many thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for my honest review.