Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review: Now You See Me by Emma Haughton

Publisher: Usborne
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: May 1st, 2014
Rating: 8.5/10

Amazon summary:

Three years ago, Hannah's best friend Danny vanished without trace. Not knowing if he's alive or dead, she struggles to move on with a life shrouded in secrets and suspicions... But as hope returns to haunt Danny's family and their desperation is used against them, can Hannah bear to expose the painful truth? Or is it better to live in the dark?


I don't read a lot of psychological thrillers, or any thrillers at all really. I usually find they don't hold my interest enough for me to want to read them. However, Now You See Me did just that. I only picked it up to read a few chapters and suddenly I was a third of the way through, unable to put it down and absolutely desperate to know what happened to Danny. Sadly I then had to put it down to go to work... what's that all about?

Now You See Me is the story of a boy, Danny, who disappears, leaving a huge hole in everyone's lives. His parents are bereft, his best friend Hannah is heartbroken, and his younger sister Alice doesn't quite understand that he's not still playing hide and seek. His disappearance is sudden and mysterious, leaving no clues or crime scenes for anyone to stumble across. He's vanished into thin air.

This book is inspired by a true story, one which I'm not familiar with. I'm glad actually, because knowing the real story would have spoiled this book and its revelations. I ended up guessing what was happening anyway, by around page two hundred, but that's unusual for me and I'm normally surprised by every little twist and turn that awaits me. Guessing the outcome didn't hamper my reading experience in any way, though - if anything it made it better because I knew what was coming!

I know I'm being vague with this review, but I don't want to give anything away. I will say that Hannah's narrative alternates between then and now, chronicling Danny's disappearance and then what life is like a few years on. It's a clever way to tell the story, ensuring that the reader gets every piece of the puzzle from start to finish. It's like slowly doing a difficult jigsaw that suddenly all fits into place, bringing with it a story of two parts.

I couldn't put this book down once it was in my hands; I haven't read a book like that for a while and am surprised I enjoyed this one so much, given that it's not my preferred genre. Hannah's story sucked me in and didn't let up until the very end, until every puzzle piece had fitted nicely into place, revealing the big picture. Emma Haughton's addictive writing kept me awake well past my bedtime, in a frantic bid to find out what happened to Danny and why he went missing. Don't miss this fantastic YA novel - it's one that will give you sleepless nights and make you think.

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