The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft


Simone and Matt Porter’s daughter, Helena, was kidnapped when she was six months old. She was never seen again. Devastated, Simone and Matt managed to live their lives, despite their grief, but they’ve never forgotten their lost daughter. Eighteen years later, a young woman named Grace approaches her, saying she needs to speak with her about her daughter, telling her she is still alive. Simone is angry, thinking Grace is lying and trying to get money from her until she sees the blue velvet rabbit. Helena’s rabbit. The one she had with her when she was stolen.

It’s enough to get her to listen to Grace’s story, though Simone finds it difficult to believe. When she tells Matt about Grace, she tells him everything… well, almost everything. She keeps to herself that Grace has asked for her help, thinking it best that Matt didn’t know if it turned out that Grace wasn’t their Helena after all. Instead, she agrees with Matt’s idea to do a DNA test on Grace. With rushed results, they would know within a day or two if Grace was really Helena or just an imposter.

Except the DNA from Grace is contaminated, and they can’t do another test because Grace is missing. Desperate to know the answers, Simone begins searching for answers, not realizing that the closer she gets to the truth, the more her life is in danger.

I really enjoyed this book. With lots of suspense and surprises, it is a well-written story that keeps you guessing all the way. If you enjoy thrillers, I think you’ll find this book a good read.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Bookouture via Netgalley.

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Author: Kathryn Croft
Title: The Girl You Lost
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: February 5, 2016 by Bookouture
Rating: 4 stars

About the Book

Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back…

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts. Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory. Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

About the Author

KATHRYN CROFT worked in HR and management training before her passion for literature led her to train as an English teacher. She spent six years teaching secondary school English; a job she believes was invaluable to her writing career. Kathryn now devotes all her time to writing.

Author photo and bio via Bookouture.