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‘Dear Tommie . . . I’ve spent most of my life searching for you. I believe you are my daughter.’
Just after her father’s death, Tommie receives a letter from a stranger. The woman claims that Tommie is her biological daughter, kidnapped as a baby over thirty years ago.
Then she is approached by a journalist who claims to know about her past. But can she trust him?
Unsure what to believe, Tommie sets out to discover the truth about her identity. As explosive secrets emerge, she realises it’s not just her life that’s in danger . . .
It's a great set-up, and the story unfolds with all of the complications and false leads and bursts of danger and brooding atmospherics one expects of a detective thriller.
Heaberlin's impressive first novel ... Heaberlin constructs her plot like a seasoned writer, and fills it with memorable cahracters; but her debut's most striking feature is Tommie's narrative voice, which is so winning and vivacious.
I loved it, and had to put everything aside so that I could finish it.