let anything bad have happened to her, please don’t let anything have happened
to my baby …”
and Lena Fulford are the envy of their friends. Wealthy, attractive, and
successful, the couple, with their strikingly beautiful teenage daughter Amy,
seem settled and content. But appearances mask a strained relationship almost
at its breaking point. Marcus’ latest business venture has failed, draining
Lena, the major breadwinner, dry. Putting Amy into weekly boarding school and
striving to get her own career back on its feet, Lena remains alone in the
luxurious family house as her marriage heads toward as amicable a divorce as
she and Marcus can muster, and joint custody of their only child.
when Amy arranges a sleepover with a school friend one weekend, neither parent
sees the need to be in touch with her. Saturday, Sunday, Monday morning pass
before Lena—seething from her first, unexpectedly confrontational, meeting with
Marcus’ divorce lawyer—phones Amy. Straight to Amy’s voicemail. She must be in
lessons. Lena sends a text. She waits. No reply, no contact whatsoever. It is
only when Amy is reported missing from school and her friend’s mother reveals
that, instead of staying with them, Amy was visiting her father—a fact
vehemently denied by Marcus—that Lena contacts the police. Her daughter has not
been seen since Saturday afternoon.
the police intensify their enquiries, their reassurances that Amy will be found
safe and well begin to sound increasingly hollow. DI Victor Reid, in charge of
the case, fears the worst—abduction or murder. A family under constant police
and press scrutiny, a father who has seemingly lied about his alibi for the
weekend, a mother whose perfect world is crumbling beneath her feet, a
detective under pressure from his impatient superiors to deliver a result, the
length of time that Amy has been missing gathering speed … all conspire to make
Lynda La Plante’s latest thriller her most tense and terrifying yet.
is Amy? Is she alive or dead? Lies and betrayal mount as the hunt for a missing
girl becomes a search for a body. Download and start listening now!