Finding Grace

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 22 Feb 2019

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Perfect psychological thriller!  It moved at a fast pace with twists and turns throughout!  I couldn’t put it down!  Highly recommend!
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Another fantastic read by K.L. Slater. Lucie and Blake Sullivan are a very normal, regular coupe with two kids. Their daughter, Grace, is just about to turn nine and is pushing to have a little more freedom. Grace's best friend lives close by just down the road and finally, Lucie and Blake give in, letting her walk home from her friend's house. Blake is partway down the road watching for Grace but slips on moss and hurts his ankle. He comes hobbling home to Lucie who immediately asks where Grace is. But Grace is nowhere to be found. As secrets unfold and the reader does not know who is reliable and who is not, it feels like time is running out. Where is Grace and could it have to do with something that happened in Lucie's past? This book is completely gripping and will not let you put it down until you find out what happened to Grace. 

Thank you to Netgalley, K.L. Slater, and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I love K L Slater and this didn’t disappoint .it had its fair share of twists and turns and I really enjoyed the past/present part! The end got a bit silly for me - but not enough to put me off! 
Solid 4 stars
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I needed to get to the end of this book quickly to find out if someone would find Grace or not. While the subject is often difficult to want to follow, this treatment of a child, possibly kidnapped, focuses more on the parents and their friends and what might have led up to the disappearance. 
The twists and turns and recollections from decades before making it difficult for the reader to guess where it will go. What happened long ago in the past reflects upon what's happening now and is the bag left behind a big clue or a red herring - and there are a few of those!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will look for this writer's other novels. The outcome was far different from what I imagined. This doesn't give you any clues, but I hope it helps you to choose to read this great work by a master writer. never again will you let a nine-year-old go out of sight for twenty yards while you answer your phone. The main character has every right to dislike her mother-in-law and that's not a clue either.
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FINDING GRACE

BY K.L. SLATER

 

BOOKOUTURE

MYSTERY & THRILLERS

PUB DATE 14 FEB 2019

 

 

I am reviewing a copy of Finding Grace through Bookoture:

 

Earlier this morning my daughter sat there eating breakfast, now she is missing.

 

 

Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree to let their daughter make the four minute walk home from her friends house alone for the first time the day after her ninth birthday.

 

 

They even even joke with friends about hisubd behind bushes to make sure their daughter is safe.  But when Grace does not make it home the joke becomes sour.

 

 

Everyone does their best to find Grace from the police to the local community but it seems she has vanished into thin air.  Hope is fading fast, making Luci realize her husband is the only one she can truly count on during these dark times.  But one day she finds something hidden in Blake’s making her question everything she knew about the man she married.

 

 

But Blake is not the only one hiding a secret Lucie is hiding one as well, one she had not even told Blake her secret.

 

 

I found the Characters in Finding Grace to come alive on the Pages, allowing us to feel what it was like to have a little girl go missing.  Finding Grace kept me in suspense throughout!

 

 

Five out of five stars!

 

 

Happy Reading!
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Grace is nine years old. As far as she is concerned she is old enough to walk home from her friend's house down the road on her own. Her parents are not keen on the idea- particularly Lucie, her mother. Eventually it is agreed that she can walk home alone after a trip to Alton Towers. Her friend's Dad phoned to say she'd left & watched her up to the bend in the road & her Dad will be watching from behind their hedge. Due to a couple of unfortunate events she is briefly out of sight & in that short time she disappears without trace.

K.L. Slater keeps the reader hooked to the page. The parents' anguish & the cruel comments of others really made me feel for them. The story had many more strands than the simple disappearance & they were all woven together to make a great five star read. Thank to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book.
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What an intense read! Addictive read, and one I did not want to put down.
Another great book by K.L Slater!
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I am a great fan of this author and it’s aleays nice to start a new book
I love this authors writing style and how she always manages to deliver tension and suspense. 
This book was fast paced and I loved the twist at the end
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Parenting seems so nerve-wracking. I can’t imagine all the worrying that must go with it. I think I will be stalking my kids. Perhaps invest in a GPS tracker to be inserted under their skins like in Sci-Fi/Spy movies?

In this story, Lucie is facing every mom’s worst nightmare. Her little girl, Grace, is gone. What I loved most about this story is its unpredictability. The author had me doubting so many people. Who took Grace? Could it have been her dad? Her dodgy neighbor? Her parent’s best friends? Some random person? I just kept changing my mind.

Finding Grace had me hooked from the first page. Filled with secrets, lies and manipulation, this ended up being quite a twisty roller-coaster ride. I also enjoyed the dual timeline. I enjoyed digging into Lucie’s past and was pleasantly surprised by how the storylines connected in the end.

This is an enjoyable, twisty thriller with well developed characters and a memorable storyline. It certainly had me devouring every word.
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This was a book full of such surprises, twists and turns. What happened to Grace and will the mysteries of that every be solved? Why did she go off for a walk and not return and who had her? Secrets are kept, secrets are revealed but is it in time? Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.
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Grace is gone without a trace one day walking home from a friends house. Lucie and Blake, her parents are devastated.  They cant imagine what happened to her. 
K.L. Slater has a unique ability of captivating the reader into her web of suspense.  I have loved every book I've read by her. She is a master at manipulating the reader into her stories. An enthusiastic five stars from this reviewer.
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Some names make you jump from your seat when their latest work comes out and get their book right away. K. L. Slater is on my go-to authors when I need a getaway read, a novel that will transport me in a parallel world just one second out of sync with ours, in authentic lives led by the most realistic characters. I don’t need horror stories because K. L. Slater brings our nightmares to life in the most stunning way.

How safe are children? How young is too young to allow them the freedom they’re seeking (and will regret when adulthood knocks at the door)? Grace only wanted to walk down her street from her best friend’s house to hers. What’s the harm in this? With a seemingly safe plan from the parents: each side supposed to watch for little Grace until she reaches the other’s sight, nothing should have gone wrong. But that was underestimating karma.

In one split second, Lucie’s sky opens up and all hell comes crashing down on her. How could her girl disappear from a close-knit street with adults looking out for her? Grace seems to have vanished into thin air in the blink of an eye and from there, time stretches and cuts both Lucie and Blake’s heart with each passing hour. From the panic and shock of the news to the excruciating wait, the author had my thoughts running in circles, leaving me going through all kinds of scenarios about what could have happened to Grace. K.L. Slater totally nails it again, highlighting the pressure of parenthood, the smallest decisions coming back to you when things go wrong. I can’t get into details but those tiny things we say we’ll do and then don’t, 99% of the time, it’s okay. But that day, Blake falls into the 1% and I simply loved how the author handled the couple’s reaction to their daughter’s disappearance. A gap opened – a crack in the wall that have destroyed so many love stories, enabling feelings to slip through and invade the house, the street, and the neighborhood.

Lucie’s loneliness, the hole in her heart left by Grace, was almost visible, dancing in front of my eyes, sometimes shadowed by an uneasy feeling, an undercurrent I first didn’t understand. When I thought things couldn’t get worse, Lucie makes a discovery that shakes the remains of her world, her marriage and even friendships. As if it weren’t enough, the shadows of the past slowly appear. Lucie hasn’t always had the perfect little life. Who can say they have? But some pasts weigh more than others and the secrets they carry can be fatal.

Could Grace be in danger because of a secret her mother has kept for years? Could a husband’s own secret have anything to do with a little girl’s innocence being taken away? I didn’t know who to trust, who could be blamed, who was hiding what… It’s the kind of dark rooms I enjoy most!!!

With her back on the wall, Lucie must face her nightmares in order to save Grace, at any cost. If I started the book being worried, the tension made my heartbeat keep going faster and faster and I swear my GP would have had an attack just seeing the numbers had he taken my pulse by the end of the novel!!!

Finding Grace perfectly walks the line between a character-driven emotional novel and a thrilling, anxious thriller. Another must-read from the Twists Queen!
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This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be the last!  

This is what you call a twist, especially at the end, I honestly didn’t see that coming. It was very cleverly done.  

The only criticism is it was a bit too drawn out, but that could be because I’m impatient.  There’s plenty of red herrings and the author introduced loads of suspects. I thought I knew who it was and had quite a few ready for the noose!! 

The characters were likeable, except for the mother in law and there were other things going on as well as Grace going missing. 

My thanks to netgalley, the author and the publishers for the ARC.
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Grace Sullivan just turned nine and has been begging her parents, Lucie and Blake Sullivan, for independence. She begs to walk home from a friend's house. Both Blake and the friend's father agree to each watch her walk partway. It is just down the street, but it is a chance the parents finally agree to take. The one time they allow it, Grace simply disappears.

How tragic! The police find no clues and every search comes up empty. Lucie feels her and Blake are in it together and that he can help keep her strong. She also has the help of her father, especially when it comes to helping to care for her infant during the ordeal. However, Blake seems untrustworthy to Lucie after she finds something huge in his desk. What is he hiding. Is he in any way responsible for Grace's disappearance?

Blake is not the only one with a secret he is dreadfully unwilling to share. Lucie has a secret of her own. A huge one. This could cost her everything. But, she tries to put those terrible concerns aside in the vigorous attempt to discover whatever could have happened to Grace.

Suddenly, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she does not agree to face her past, she might never see Grace alive again. While hopeful, the past is something that petrifies her. Who can she confide in?

Finding Grace is an engaging book, one that I devoured in one sitting. I found it impossible to put down. I was torn between wanting to know about Grace's whereabouts and Lucie's secrets. The ending was a bit of a surprise and I would never have been able to guess the culprit. I enjoy K.L. Slater and look forward to reaching much more from her. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Enjoyed this book a lot. This author has an easy flow to her writing. I had a lot of theories while reading this and none were correct, so the ending came as a surprise. 

SPOILERS


First off, there’s no way Blake would be that cool with the secret at the end. I thought that was unrealistic. Secondly, I would have loved if the main scene in the basement was expanded with a chapter from Jeffrey’s perspective.
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EXCERPT: I think this might be my fault. 

I've tried to be a good person all my life. I made one mistake, many years ago, but it wasn't my fault. Truly, I would never wish to harm another person. 

Sometimes people find themselves in impossible situations. Sometimes you have to decide in a split second whether to do the right thing and go under, or fight to survive. 

That's what I did. I made a decision to survive. 

ABOUT THIS BOOK: This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing. 

The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street. 

They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear. 

Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married. 

But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake … 

And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone. 

MY THOUGHTS: This is not, as the blurb assured me it would be, 'the most gripping psychological thriller you will read this year. Nor did I find the twist breathtaking. In fact, it was pretty predictable. 

But putting aside my gripe with publishers who insist on overhyping books, Finding Grace was only a little better than average read for me. I have had a child go missing. Only for a couple of hours, but it was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. So I expected to be able to relate to the characters. Initially I did. But reasonably quickly I became disillusioned. Mostly they were flat. Except for Blake’s mother - cue Hyacinth Bouquet. Her, I could visualise and hear. Which is what I expect from the characters. 

The story is told mainly from Lucie's perspective, over two timelines - now, with Grace missing, and before, detailing Lucie's life prior to Blake. There is the occasional brief chapter from an unknown person which, I believe, added nothing of value.

I seem to veer between three and five-star ratings for Slater's books. Finding Grace is,unfortunately, one of the former. It is not a bad read. I did not at any point consider abandoning it, but it was not a great read either. 

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THE AUTHOR: Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of seven psychological crime thrillers. Her eighth thriller, FINDING GRACE, will be published 14th February 2019 and is now available for pre-order. 

Kim's titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Finding Grace by K. L. Slater for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. 

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my webpage sandysbookaday.wordpress.com
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In “Finding Grace” by K.L. Slater we are thrown into the lives of Lucie and Blake Sullivan, and their nine-year old daughter Grace.   After agreeing to let Grace walk home alone from a friend’s house she goes missing.    What happens next in the unraveling of past events and lies that could all hold the key to who has Grace and why.

Another great book by Slater.  I received this book through Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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Finding Grace is your typical psychological thriller, clever and exciting with plenty of plot twists. But somehow, the story didn't touch me emotionally. I couldn't really connect with the main character, Lucie, and there were a little too many coincidences in the story for me to be convinced. I liked it, but did not love it. 

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC ecopy for my Kindle.
I don't like to read book about child abuse or abduction and was hesitant to read this one, but Finding Grace is not that type of book.
As children grow up, parents give them more responsibilities and freedom.  Sometimes, no matter how careful parents are with a child, bad things can happen.  In this book, fortunately, the end of the story was good one for the parents and their child. 
This book also deals with secrets and things that happened in the past to one of the parents who tried to forget and run away from the past. But the past caught up with this person and affected not only this person, but also those the person loves.
A good psychological thriller!
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Excellent domestic thriller. Lucie and Blake are living every parents worst nightmare when their 9 year old daughter Grace disappears one day while walking home. While Lucie and Blake are in agony over Graces disappearance, Lucie soon learns that her actions years ago while at college may have come back to haunt her. The story shifts seamlessly between past and present and is impossible to put down. Twisty thriller that will keep you hooked until the last page.
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