The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis
Kesterly-on-Sea is full of secrets.
Some are darker than others; many are shameful. One is even deadly.
Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search.
Meanwhile, the town’s beloved Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill, and doesn’t want to burden her family and friends with the news.
Andee and Rowzee don't know it yet, but their journeys are going to help them uncover a secret. One that is going to affect them more than they could ever imagine.
I found this book to be a bit slow. New characters were being introduced and I was having trouble remembering who was who. Andee the female ex dectective comes across as being really strong and assertive but when she finally decides to leave her husband she seems to find it difficult to stand up to him and put him in his place...he is a real pain.
Rowzee is a lovely retired schoolteacher who when given a terminal diagnosis from her GP just wants to fix everyone's life for them. She is quick to forgive and forget and probably a saint in disguise.
The big question in the story is what happened to Jessica,a student at University College London who sings in clubs and pubs to pay her way through college. Was Jessica leading the life her parents thought she was or did she have a secret? Two years have gone by and no one knows if she is dead or alive.
Everyone's life will be changed in some way by the end of the book.
Once I got to know everyone I began to enjoy it more and I was anxious for Andee to find out what happened to Jessica.
I have read a few books by Suan Lewis and I would never have guessed that she had written this one if her name hadn't been on the cover. It was more like a story of a small village where everyone knows each other and most are related
I did think the big discovery regarding Jessica would have been more dramatic than it was but maybe I've been reading too many thrillers lately.