Thursday 24 February 2022

Book ~ "Missing Molly" (2018) Natalie Barelli

From Goodreads ~ Everyone has secrets and Rachel Holloway is no exception. She’s worked hard to keep the past where it belongs: dead and buried. And so far, she’s been very successful.

But now the small newspaper where she works wants to produce a podcast on a cold case: the disappearance twelve years ago of little Molly Forster.

Some secrets should never see the light of day, and as far as Rachel is concerned, whatever happened to little Molly is one of them. Rachel has a life now, a boyfriend she loves and a three-year-old daughter she adores, and she will do anything to protect them.

But to do that, no one can ever know that she is Molly Forster.

When Molly was 12, her parents and older sister were brutally murdered and Molly saw it all ... and then disappeared.  A mentally challenged man was found full of blood holding her dead sister and was arrested.  Before he could go to trial, he was found hanging in his cell of an apparent suicide and the case was closed.  Everyone has wondered, though, what happened to Molly.

Rachel works for a small newspaper which will soon be shutting down.  They come up with the idea of creating a series of podcasts to draw an audience with the first focus being on where Molly is.  Rachel doesn't want this to happen because she is Molly.  She had run away because she knew she was in danger since she had witnessed what had really happened that night.  She never returned after that night and has been living under a different name all these years, and even has a long-term boyfriend and a young daughter.  When she sees the podcast isn't going away, she manages to get herself involved in the podcast so she can try and control it so no one will find out the truth.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I liked it.  The story is told in first person perspective from Rachel's point of view.  Since she spent so many years living on the street, I found some of the decisions she made unbelievable.  I like the writing style and found it flowed well.  The editing could have been better as there were a couple typos.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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