Book Review: Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan **

The blurb for this book sounded like just the kind of book that I enjoy reading.

“Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received:

Dear Amy,
I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me.
Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . . .”

The premise for the story is really sound. A local girl called Katie goes missing. There is uncertainty as to whether she has run away or if she has been abducted. Twenty years earlier Bethan Avery was abducted in similar circumstances. As the search for Katie continues Margot starts to receive these letters that purport to be from Bethan Avery. They contain information that only Bethan or her abductor could know.

It’s very hard to review this book without giving away the plot. About half way through the book I realised what the plot twist was and unfortunately found that I lost all interest at this point. It was hard to have any empathy for, or indeed any connection with, the main characters. I wanted to tidy up loose ends myself and was editing the story in my head as I went along to give it a more robust ending. As far as psychological thrillers go it didn’t really hit the mark for me. There was an absence of both thrills and suspense!

Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: 16 June 2016. 352 pages.

Dear Amy

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