No One Can Hear You
He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He said that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.
Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.
Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.
As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.
My Thoughts and Review:
What a slow, torturous and twisty novel this was. It was so good.
A prologue grips you from the start. It tells the story of Faith who is abducted in 2001.
Then you are plunged into Zoe’s story. Zoe is a teacher who looses her job on a matter of principle. She returns to her home town of Crawton. The main purpose being to see to the funeral of her mother, who has recently died.
This now involves two different storylines, seemingly at first far apart, but drawing closer and closer together.
This is a story that involves drugs, murder and abduction. But also friends, family and regrets. This is a book that will draw you along with the narrative. Not for people who like a face paced read, but one for people who like an entertaining read.
This is a story that resolves into an opened mouthed finale. All helped by Nikki’s top quality writing. I think it is a book you will like and I urge you to read it. Five stars from me!
Author Bio – Nikki Crutchley lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. No One Can Hear You is Nikki’s second crime novel, set in the small Waikato town of Crawton. Her first book, Nothing Bad Happens Here, a crime/thriller set on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand was a finalist in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel. Nikki has worked in libraries in New Zealand and the UK and now works as a freelance proofreader. Nikki’s flash fiction has been published online and in the Fresh Ink anthology and the upcoming Bonsai anthology.
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