Finding Grace by KL Slater
This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.
The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.
They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.
Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married.
But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake …
And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.
The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on Finding Grace.
Blake and Lucie Sullivan agree to let their daughter, Grace walk home from her friend’s house after visiting Altoona Park for her birthday treat. Grace has just turned nine years old and wants to feel like a big girl walking back home by herself. Grace’s friend lives on the same street just around the bend and both sets of parents agree to watch Grace walk home, but just for a few seconds she would be out of their sights as she goes around the bend. A few seconds is all it takes for Grace to go missing. Blake and Lucie face a parent’s worst nightmare when their daughter simply vanishes.But Grace’s disappearance kickstarts a catalyst of events that brings to light secrets that both Blake and Lucie are hiding from each other. Could Blake or Lucie truly be the reason why Grace has gone missing?
Wow! I can now see why K.L. Slater has such a huge following and fan base. Finding Grace is the first book I have read by this author and I can honestly say, it definitely will not be the last. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the story and wondering what happened to Grace. Is she alive? Kidnapped? Held for ransom? All of these thoughts ran through my mind for the better half of the book and then little by little Slater inserts these little glimpses into the past which only made me squirm to read more. Slater intricately weaves the present and the past with such finesse that it was hard to put this book down. Slater just teases you with twist after twist and I must say, I was completely and utterly shocked. The twists were so brilliantly done and were so unique placed at just the right moments where it forces you to keep reading just so you can find out what happens next. I am now sad that the story has ended, but alas Slater has a nice backlog of books I will be wrapping my greedy little hands on very soon.
Blake and Lucie are such well written flawed characters that seem all too real. They are not portrayed as a picture perfect couple and I found that Slater really gives you a lot of insight to both characters which makes them relatable to where you can feel their pain and suffering. Lucie, I felt, really grows the most during the course of this book and in the processes learns what she is capable of both as a mother and as a woman. Besides Blake and Lucie, Slater has written a mother-in-law, Nadine, who could give Joan Crawford a run for her money. She is just awful! There are also a multitude of other people worked into the story that all seemed to have some kind of motive while partaking in some rather shady and sometimes creepy things. Slater definitely keeps you on your toes with her characters that’s for sure.
Finding Grace blends a terrific psychological thriller with a story that could be ripped from the headlines, cleverly placed plot twists, and secrets galore that make this dazzling thriller an absolute gem in the genre. Well played and well deserving of 5 glorious stars!
About the author:
Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of seven psychological crime thrillers. FINDING GRACE published 14th February 2019 is her eighth thriller.
Kim’s titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.
Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson