Hide and Seek Andrea Mara Bantam Press, €14.99
n 1985 Lily Murphy disappeared in a game of hide and seek and was never found. A family is devastated, and a community never fully recovers.
In 2018, Joanna and Mark discover they’ve moved into the house where Lily used to live, and Joanna feels the atmosphere change as she delves into the missing girl’s history.
Joanna is obsessed with Lily, and a quick Google search makes her suspect a connection to her own past: “Her face fills my screen… It’s all different. [pictures] but it’s all the same – those blonde locks, blue eyes, upturned nose, and dimpled cheeks. The more I stare, the more familiar she feels… Am I about to be discovered? It won’t be less than what I deserve. “
Joanna has hidden her past from her husband, children and friends. The more details she learned about Lily, the more she feared it might catch up with her: “I’ve told this made-up story so many times over the years, I know it word for word and can tell it. on autopilot – far, no emotions. A fictional story that is almost true to me now”.
As the family settle into their new home, rumors surrounding Lily’s disappearance resurface and – thanks to the internet – everyone believes they can play detectives.
Secrets and lies from 1985 still linger, even in 2018. An anonymous blog post draws more attention to the cold case and suggests “someone knows something. “.
Joanna discovers traces in Lily’s old bedroom, and hidden photos lead to more questions as the case becomes more and more sinister.
An Irish version of Liane Moriarty, Mara shows the rifts in the framework of supposedly idyllic family life and quickly became one of our best-selling domestic dramas.
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