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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Found, Near Water by Katherine Hayton

Found, Near WaterFound, Near Water by Katherine Hayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had the pleasure of receiving this book from the author for an honest review. I hadn't realized that I had already got this from Net Galley too. That means I can spread the news of this debut novel widely!

I am always apprehensive when reading and reviewing a debut novel. I know the author is sitting on the edge of his/her seat wondering how the book is going to be received by the reader.

I started to read it with an open mind. I liked the blurb and it didn't disappoint me one iota on the inside of this book. I thought it was a grand opening, then slowed down a little, but it soon picked up pace again.

For a first novel, I think the author has done very well. As a lot of us reviewers do, we read an awful lot of books. We try not to compare with others, but inadvertently we tend to do this, but try not. So.... I can honestly say with this being the first thriller written by Katherine Hayton she has done very well. I am sure as time goes on in her writing she will excel even more as she has the ability to write a good enthralling real drama piece.

As the story goes, a Mother was in a coma only to discover when she woke, her daughter had gone missing. No one knew, no one expected it, no one realized. I'm not sure about that bit in the book, but tossing that aside the rest of the intrigue kept my attention. Especially when the Father came back on the scene, and then, when we hear that the DCI has something happen to her child too. I was wondering what on earth it was as it didn't seem straight forward.

Great ending to the story, brilliant conclusion.


Looking forward to reading more from this new author to see who she develops.


Thank you to Katherine Hayton for the chance to read/review your book. I have done this honestly and with my own thoughts


Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching.

As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disappearance.

A task made harder by an ex-husband desperate for control; a paedophile on early-release in the community; and a psychic who knows more than seems possible.

And intertwined throughout, the stories of six women; six daughters lost.

"I thought that not knowing was the worst thing I could ever endure. Not knowing if she was in trouble or needing my help or in pain. I worried that she’d been taken by someone that would hurt her, then I worried that she’d been taken by someone who would love her and care for her and in a year or two she’d have forgotten I ever existed. Not knowing was killing me.

The police found her body stuffed into an old recycling bin out the back of a sleep-out. My beautiful girl had been bent to fit as though she was just a piece of rubbish, something to be disposed of.

When I went to the hospital to identify my beautiful girl’s broken body - that was worse than not knowing. When I buried her in the cemetery and compared the size of the gravesite to the other freshly buried bodies - that was worse than not knowing. When I drank myself to sleep on the anniversary of her sixth birthday, and realised that I would likely be doing that until my life ended - that was worse than not knowing.






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