I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for coming of age psychological thriller The Gone And The Forgotten by Clare Whitfield. Thank you to Anne Cater and Head of Zeus for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
About the book:
Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel from the author of People of Abandoned Character.
A missing girl. Buried family secrets. An absent father. Is the truth worth searching for?
Summer, 1993. In the aftermath of her mother’s suicide attempt, 16-year-old Prue must spend the summer holidays on a remote island in the Shetlands with her favourite Aunt Ruth and Uncle Archie, a man she’s barely met since her aunt married him. Prue hopes to re-establish the relationship, and that her aunt might help her understand some of the parts of the past she has been forbidden to discuss by her mother – including the identity of her father.
Prue soon finds out that her uncle was the only suspect in the disappearance of a local girl some twenty years ago. As she grows closer to him, she learns there are differing views on how the beguiling Evelyn O’Hara disappeared, but is her uncle innocent?
Truth is something Prue has always had a fractured relationship with. A single version of the truth seems impossible for her to lock down…
‘I wanted to explore how ordinary families can condition themselves to keep the darkest of secrets – until the truth forces its way out. It’s the story of a family’s unravelling through the eyes of a confused and isolated 16-year-old girl trying to make sense of the past.’ Clare Whiteld
About the author:
Clare Whiteld is a UK-based writer living in a suburb where the main cultural landmark is a home store/Starbucks combo. She is the wife of a tattoo artist, mother of a small benign dictator and relies on a black Labrador for emotional stability. She has been a dancer, copywriter, amateur re breather, buyer and mediocre weight lifter. Her rst novel, People of Abandoned Character, was a Goldsboro book of the month.
The Gone And The Forgotten by Clare Whitfield is a coming of age psychological thriller that drew me in from the very first page and didn’t let go until the final page had been turned.
It’s the summer of 1993 and, in the wake of her mother’s suicide attempt, sixteen year old Prue goes to stay with her aunt on a remote island in the Shetlands. Before long she begins to hear rumours of a twenty year old mystery involving a missing girl and her Uncle Archie, a man she has barely met since her Aunt Ruth married him.
The Gone And The Forgotten is very much a character driven story, but one that’s dripping in atmosphere. The intrigue and suspense slowly builds as Prue not only begins to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the missing girl, but also the devastating family secrets that have long been kept hidden and are only just now beginning to emerge, leaving Prue stunned as she tries to come to terms with the shocking truth of what she has learned…
The Gone And The Forgotten is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller told through the eyes of a vulnerable young girl on the cusp of adulthood. Clare Whitfield’s writing is superb as the pieces of the puzzle finally begin to slot into place, leading to a denouement that is as shocking as it is thrilling.
A coming of age tale with the added element of a psychological thriller, The Gone And The Forgotten is a book that I would highly recommend. Simply superb!
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