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Monday, 13 July 2015

Half the World Away by Cath Staincliffe

Half the World AwayHalf the World Away by Cath Staincliffe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Cath Staincliffe is a well developed author that can get your attention from the very start.

If you had an adult child who wanted to travel, would you stop them? No. Her step dad was very encouraging of her getting 'life' experiences. Her Mother too, but of course us Mums would be saying "Stay in touch"
"Be careful, but enjoy yourself" "Let me know how you are"
And such things like this.

Lori, their daughter has just graduated and wants to take her photography expertise and make use of it travelling to China. Just think of all the beautiful experiences she can have there and all those photo's she can take.

Waving her off was very hard for her Mom, but us Moms have to let our children flee the nest and after all, Lori has been away at University, but she did come home now and again, much more than she will be from half the world away!

How would you feel if your daughter or son was half the world away from your and where they usually kept in contact, suddenly, you cannot reach them?

What if you were following their blog about their trip and suddenly days go by without any posts?
Text messages not being read let alone being replied to.

You would tell yourself, just wait a little time. See if I am not over reacting.

But then........
Your instincts tell you...
This is not normal. I "feel" something is wrong.

Your worse fear has come true........

SHE IS MISSING

The very tense moments of this is so spell binding. I found it literally hard to break myself away from these pages when the intensity warmed up.

The author writes with such feeling, such emotion, you feel you are experiencing what these parents are experiencing.

Yes it has TWIST and yes it has TURNS and unexpectedly, you do not know which way it is going to go.

Will she be found?
Will she be found alive?

What I loved about this also, was the telling of how others reacted when they knew Lori was missing.

Also, that Lori is not missing in the UK she is missing in another country altogether and of course, they have their own ways of doing things which just doesn't seem feasible or acceptable at times.

Can you tell I liked this book :)

Its a no brainer, I would definitely say ONE CLICK this, you would miss out on a brilliant read if not.


Thank you to Little, Brown Book Group UK via Net Galley for early copy



Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and visits China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler, follow her adventures on her blog, 'Lori In The Orient'.

Suddenly communication stops and when the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing. It is impossible to find out anything from 5,000 miles away so they travel out to Chengdu, a city in the south-western province of Sichuan, to search for their daughter.

Landing in a totally unfamiliar country, with no knowledge of the customs or language, and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective, following in their daughter's footsteps, tracing the people she mentioned in her posts, interviewing her friends, colleagues and students. It's an unbearably difficult challenge and, as the days pass, the fear that Lori is lost for good grows ever
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