Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt
When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory. Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night- but what she doesn't know is whether she is responsible....
This was quite a page turner. I thought I had guessed who had taken baby Mia but I was wrong until just before we found out.
I have no idea why Jack married Estelle,they were so unsuited and there didn't seem to be any love between them. When Mia was born she was a colicky baby who cried from morning until night and Jack was the only one who had patience with her. It was obvious to the reader that Estelle had post natal depression but Jack just didn't see it. Instead of helping her he returns to work, dumps mother and baby in an apartment miles away from where they live as he is supposedly having money troubles.
The apartment is in a large house Jack is renovating for re sale to make some money so it's never really a home. It is indeed the worse place for a new mum and a colicky baby with all that noise and builders coming and going. To top it all Jack is away from home for weeks at a time, a recipe for disaster.
Then disaster strikes.
Estelle is found in a wrecked car with a blow to her head, no memory and no baby. She enters a psychiatric hospital where Dr Ari tries to get her to remember what happened to Mia. As he enables her to piece her memory together Jack is no where to be seen as he has decided that Estelle had something to do with Mia's disappearance. Dr Ari seemed to be the only one on her side and it was through her sessions with him that the book picks up pace and we find out what really happened.
One thing that struck me was the lack of friends and family around. Not only was Estelle isolated in the apartment in a strange town with a crying baby she also had no one to speak to even by phone.
Towards the end this story is so sad and I worried that Mia would never be found.
I was mad at Jack all through the book, he was a terrible husband.
I couldn't put it down and I enjoyed the ending.
Little Girl Gone is out in paperback and kindle download which is 99p here
Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a download of this book in return for a truthful review.