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The Child’s Secret – Amanda Brooke

Blurb:

A little girl is missing. Her parents are hiding something. Who will pay the price?

When eight-year-old Jasmine Peterson goes missing, the police want to know everything.

What is local park ranger, Sam McIntyre, running away from and why did he go out of his way to befriend a young girl?

Why can t Jasmine s mother and father stand to be in the same room as each other?

With every passing minute, an unstoppable chain of events hurtles towards a tragic conclusion.

Everyone has secrets. The question is: who will pay the price?

My Thoughts:
Honestly, at first I found it hard to get into this one but once I was in I was pretty hooked. Towards the end of the book I had guessed at what had happened but the story was really interesting and different. Especially the way it was written going from the past to the present and leaving little tid bits of information each jump. I also really enoyed seeing it from different characters perspective.

I found it interesting how Sam’s story came full circle, and how he was able to come to terms with what happened, he was able to find some peace. There were points along the way when I was willing Sam to just be honest about what had happened in his past, but I do understand having issues talking about it. I absolutely adored Sam’s relationship with his neighbour, there was understanding between them, they never probed too deeply into each others pat but they were there for eachother. But I hated his relationship with Anna, it was so toxic for both of them. Anna was just too jealous and too nosy for Sam.

I really felt for Jasmine, because she just wants her parents to be happy and she’ll do anything to make them happy but as she’s a child the things she tries don’t always work. At the end of te book something happens that she blames herself for, and I couldn’t help but say over and over again in my head that it wasn’t her fault, because it wasn’t.
Jasmines relationship with her mother is pure and her mother just wants to give her the best but can’t.

Overall I would give this a 3/5 rating. This is because it was overall a good story but not my all time favourite.

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