Susannah Bell’s portrait of a family whose abducted child is returned to them after seven years is painfully honest and moving and it is this human element that makes it such a compelling read.
Is the returned child really Claire and where has she been? If she isn’t Claire who is she? Claire’s search for answers whilst struggling with a family desperate for things to be ‘normal’ drives this novel. The startling answers are interwoven cleverly with the parallel story of the lonely hospital porter John Fox until the two lost souls finally meet and the truth is revealed.
The idea of alien abduction isn’t new but it is given a fresh and intriguing spin here and without giving too much away, the final twist at the end is almost heart-breaking.
This is beautifully written and deserves to break down any genre barriers which often put people off reading what is labelled as science fiction.