What the publisher says:
Years ago, Fortune gave up on his daughter, Sophie, after a troubled adolescence. Now she’s gone missing, vanished without trace. And after weeks of investigation, the police have given up on her, too.
Driven by guilt, and a determination to atone for his failures as a father, he takes on the search himself. He soon finds that his daughter had been living in fear of a vicious online troll who seemed to know far too much about her. Could Sophie’s disappearance be linked to this unknown predator? Fortune is about to discover that monsters which live online don’t always stay there…
What I say:
From the start I was hooked on this book. Fortune has returned from working in the Middle East to find out what has happened to his daughter Sophie who has gone missing. He is dismayed to find that the police search is being scaled back and that they seem to believe she has killed herself.
Fortune cannot believe that the little girl he remembers would kill herself and sets out to find out what has really happened to her. He discovers that Sophie was being trolled online and so the hunt begins for who and why they chose Sophie as their target. At the same time he tries to be involved with what is happening back in the Middle East at the bank he works for.
Interspersed with Fortune’s thoughts as we follow his search we see Sophie’s thoughts and posts in the time leading up to her disappearance. The jump in time helped to ratchet up the tension as we could see that Fortune’s belief that Sophie did not kill herself is the correct one.
I was kept gripped by this book and found myself thinking about it even when I was not reading. It led me to think about my online identity and who would be able to trace me through my posts in various places.
Fortune is an unlikely hero, almost unlikeable. He realises his faults and also realises that it is probably too late to redeem himself. He can however find out what happened to Sophie as a way to make up for his failings as a father. The novel has many twists and turns and builds up to a chilling end.
Rating 5 out of 5
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