Only Child by Casey Kelleher @caseykelleher @bookouture #booksontour #bookreview #onlychild

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m delighted to be closing the Books-On-Tour today for Casey Kelleher’s latest thriller Only Child.

Massive thank you to Noelle Holten for inviting me to join the Books-On-Tour and to Bookouture for my advanced e-copy of Only Child which I received through Netgalley. I also preordered a copy which arrived on my Kindle last Friday.

The Blurb

The police are here. The feeling of pure dread swirls in my stomach as a million scenarios start playing out in my head. My whole life I’ve expected something bad to happen to my daughter. It is as if part of me has been expecting it. As if I deserve it.

Fifteen-year-old Kayla is the apple of her parents’ eyes, their beautiful only daughter. They tried for so long to have her that she was even more precious when she arrived. But deep down, her mother Sherrie has always been terrified that their worst fear would come true: that Kayla would be taken from them.

Then one day – just as Sherrie had dreaded – Kayla fails to return home after a sleepover. In desperation, Sherrie and her husband Richard call Kayla’s friends. They scour the streets, their search becoming more and more frantic. Until the police arrive and deliver the shocking news, when their worst nightmare comes true: someone has their daughter.

As Sherrie and Richard grill friends, family, and even each other, Sherrie starts to wonder, has the secret they’ve been hiding all these years finally caught up with them?

Because Sherrie and Richard are living a lie. A lie so huge, so shocking, that it could destroy the one thing they hold most dear – their daughter.

And if the truth comes out, their family will never be the same. But if it doesn’t, they will never see their precious girl again…

A totally unputdownable psychological thriller that will have you gasping out loud until the very last page. If you love Lisa Jewell, K.L. Slater and T.M. Logan, you’ll be obsessed with Only Child.

What Did I Think?

What a chilling opening couple of chapters. One four lines long that made me ask sooooo many questions quickly followed by a game of hide and seek that wasn’t so much fun. What have I let myself in for? One helluva a read, that’s what!!

I was very intriguing to know what happened to Tessa and how she fits in with Richard and his family. Her mental state made me apprehensive about her. How much of what was happening actually happened? What happened in those blackout periods? I really felt for Tessa, she was obviously petrified of something but I couldn’t fully trust her narrative.

My mind kept wandering back to the chilling game of hide and seek. Who was that??! As the story unfolded before me, I couldn’t settle on the identity of the young woman from the start. Fitting it into the story didn’t come until the finale when Kelleher revealed to me everything she’d been hinting at all along. And what a finale it is 🤯😱🤯😱

Don’t let that wholesome look the author portrays in her author pics fool you. Under that gorgeous exterior, is one twisted mind. Only Child is a prime example of this author’s dark imagination. She has created an unnerving thriller with a teen disappearance, family disruptions and historic trauma all melded together in such a way so this reader didn’t know who to trust. Loved it!!

Who Is Casey Kelleher?

Casey Kelleher was born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, and she grew up as an avid reader.

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up their three children together with her husband, she penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that Casey could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

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