What is Gone Astray about?
Lesley and Mack are lottery winners – £15 million to be exact. They up sticks and move to a bigger house – as you would – with teenage daughter Rosie in tow, leaving behind their ordinary lives for richer pastures. But life takes a turn for the worst when Rosie goes missing. DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and Mack, supporting them while quietly trying to investigate the family. As Lesley and Maggie try to find Rosie, their fates hurtle together on a collision course that threatens to end in tragedy.
So many people dream of winning the lottery, what they’d buy first, whether they’d go public, who (if anyone) would they share it with, and many are convinced that it would undoubtedly make their life so much better. But this intriguing story makes you wonder – would greed take hold of you the same way it did to certain characters in the book? It begs the question, ‘what would you do?’
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This was a surprisingly easy read, a chilling page-turner as told from the perspective of the unsung hero of the police: the Family Liaison Officer who is thrust into the heart of the crisis. It’s a refreshing storyline with clever plotting and vivid characters. The story is not only a gripping investigation, it also focuses on a family’s bonds and the trust we blindly put in each other just because we share the same surname. It explores what can happen to a family when their wildest dream comes true – only to turn into their worst nightmares. Crime-thrillers can sometimes be intimidating with twists and turns, but Davies hits the right balance between clever plots and believable behaviours. It was truly unputdownable – I read it in just four days!
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 24th March 2016