Finding Grace

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I received this book "Finding Grace" from NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own. This book is a really slow read. When I read a thriller I want to be on the edge of my seat. I want to look forward to reading the book. I did not feel that way with this book. The missing child story - who done it? Guess I have to pick my selections more carefully.
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How does a parent cope when their child goes missing ?  This is what happened when Lucie and Blake Sullivan make the decision to allow their 9 year old daughter walk home alone from her friends house . Although it’s only a five minute walk and unbeknown to Grace her parents and her friends parents are watching her every step of the way . So why does she not arrive home and where is she ?  It’s every parents worst nightmare.

Yet again KL Slater has written another great psychological thriller .  I found it hard to put down and read it very quickly . It wasn’t a fast paced read but one that was full of suspense and I found myself suspecting numerous people and not knowing who to trust .   A great read.
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“Finding Grace” is a new psychological thriller by K.L. Slater.  Grace just turned nine years old, and all she wants is to walk home from her best friend’s house just around the bend.  Lucie and Blake, her parents, finally agree, but when Grace doesn’t make it home their lives will change. 

A police investigation begins and with it brings out secrets from the past and present, but whose secrets are the reason for Grace’s disappearance? And will they figure it out in time to save their daughter? 

This was my first book by Slater, and I really enjoyed it. The story starts in the present day and at times goes back to the past.  I liked this style of writing for this story because it helped with the plot.  It was a solid thriller that had some surprises along the way.  There was one big twist at the end that I really didn’t see coming.  That says a lot for me about a thriller.  I look forward to reading more of Slater’s books. 

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for and ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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"What happens to the bad things people have done?"

Lucinda (Lucie)Sullivan is about to find out the high price she's going to pay for something she did back in her university days. Now married to Blake, a local councilor, Lucie has a 9-year old daughter named Grace and an infant son, Oscar. Things are going well for the little family and Lucie has put her anxiety disorder to rest and is enjoying domestic bliss well enough when the unthinkable happens. Grace is walking on her own for the first time, home from visiting a friend just a few minutes up the street, when she vanishes. Despite the fact that she was being monitored by two grown men on opposite ends of the street, Grace does not make it home. Police are called, news appeals are done, and Lucie is existing in a twilight of dread and panic. When days go by without Grace being found, Lucie gets a note from someone in her long buried past. NO SPOILERS.

The story moves along at a good pace with a few surprising twists along the way, but I never worried for Lucie or Grace for some reason so the suspense and chills weren't as prominent as usual for a psychological thriller novel. I think it may be because I've read so many "missing children" books this past year. I can't say, either, that I warmed to Lucie or felt a real level of empathy for her plight. 
I've read all of this author's previous books and will continue to do so in hopes that her next one will grab me a bit harder. The writing, as always, was excellent and I'm sure many will find this tale compelling.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this e-book ARC to read and review.
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K.L.Slater   Finding Grace

I’m a fairly new guest to K.L. Slaters warped and twisted mind, but it’s a place I will definitely be visiting again.  What a book, my only problem was that I had too many jobs to do so didn’t have peace to read it as quickly as I would have liked. I was quite chuffed with myself as I guessed one or two bits but I’m glad I was nowhere correct with about who the main culprit turned out to be.  

Grace has spent days telling her parents that ‘she’s nine, she’s a big girl now’ and that she was big enough to walk home alone; after all it isn’t much more than a four-minute walk.  Eventually giving in to her they make a deal that her friends dad Mike is to watch her from that end and Graces dad, Blake is to take over from round the bend and watch her home. After all they live in a nice ‘respectable’ area, these things don’t happen to people like them, do they?

This is what happened next, Grace didn’t come home.  Mike heard his wife calling him so he went back into the house and didn’t watch her, as he should have done. As her dad is walking down the path, the moss covered path he slips, maybe if he wasn’t staring at that damned phone he would have seen her and she would have been safe, wouldn’t she? 

When you look at the wider characters almost all of them have lied, almost all of them have lied and all of them are afraid to speak out. Apart from Blake’s mother that is who had no filter whatsoever and she certainly had no love for Lucie that was for sure. 

I’ll happily recommend this to every fellow bookworm I meet.  5 stars from me.
 

Read for an honest review.  Thank you Bookoutre and Netgalley
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'Freezing cold fingers unfurled at the bottom of my spine and commenced a slow crawl up each and every vertebrae.'

"I must’ve walked this route a thousand times with Grace , and at our nice easy pace, it’s never taken more than five or six minutes to get from Mike and Bev’s house to our own front door. Grace should have certainly at least reached the bend.
 I get there, panting. I can visualise her surprised face as I bump into her… She’ll chastise me for checking up on her. I’m not a baby, Mum. I’m NINE now! Her new favourite phrase echoes in my head. 
My eyes are clouded with fear as I round the bend, but I force myself to focus. To breathe. 
There’s a woman walking a dog, a young mum with a toddler in a pushchair and a couple of teenage lads who’ve just hopped over the fence from the small park.
 But I can see immediately that there is no sign of Grace."

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Newly released February 14, 2019. Now Available! Highly recommended!

Finding Grace by K.L. Slater is a fast paced, psychological thriller from beginning to end! If you like twisty, chilling reads, this one is for you! 
The first book I read by was BLINK and it nearly did my nerves in! This was no exception, doing a proper job of jangling them up yet again! I never knew what I was in for around the next bend and was caught off guard every time! Silly of me for thinking I had it all worked out! I have many more of novels on my shelves and they are all on my list to read this year. I wonder what kind of shape my nervous system will be in by the time I'm done. But I can't wait to find out! 

Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture, and K.L Slater for my digital copy to read and review.
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This was my first time delving into a book by this author. I know I'm a day late as Valentine's Day was yesterday but I think I'm in love.
I can't believe I've been missing out on this author for so long...
Finding Grace is simply outstanding. 
From the minute I picked up the book I was engrossed. I didn't want to leave it down.
How could your daughter disappear when you say you were watching her walk home?
Did you take your eye off her for a few seconds?
Nine year old Grace vanishes into thin air when walking home from her friend Olivia's house which you can almost see from her own house.
Her dad is out watching for her, slips on some moss in the garden and from the time it takes him to get back on his feet, Grace has vanished.
You can feel the hairs rising on the back of your neck such is the panic and tension in the air as her parents wait to hear what news the police will bring them. 
Each one suspecting the other one isn't telling the truth...
It has got to be every parents worst nightmare...
Superb storyline, amazing characters.....
Check this one out, I promise you won't regret it....
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Love KL Slater books so was excited to be given the opportunity to read this. 

The background: Lucie, the main character is married to Blake and is mother to 9 year old Grace and her brother baby Oscar. The story line centres around Grace going missing during a 5 minute walk home (her first walk home alone) from her friends house after a day out.  Frantic with worry, they call the police. They, along with neighbours etc. start searching for Grace but she doesn't return after a few hours.

Everyone is talking and asking what kind of parents would let their nine year old walk home alone.  It is also all over the media as Blake is a newly elected councillor.

The story switches  from Lucie’s early days to the present time.  We discover her what happened to shape her into the person she is today.  She wonders if what happened sixteen years ago  has anything to do with what is happening to her now.

They all also have secrets that they don't want revealed and there are twists and turns in this book that will keep you guessing until the end.

 Many thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and KL Slater for an ARC in exchange for a review.
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The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street, for the very first time.

What starts as a joke turns into a nightmare, when Grace goes missing midway. Despite the best efforts of the police, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. Soon Lucie discovers that Grace’s disappearance is more sinister than it looks and to find her, she has to face her long buried past. 

The theme of a missing child has been done before a lot but what sets Finding Grace apart from the rest is the engaging writing style and the clever plot twists. The story pulls you right in and simply does not let go. 

You get drawn into the story of Lucie's search for her daughter and the ever changing suspects. I loved how the author created a series of possible suspects, right from the start. Every time you think you have cracked the mystery, another twist changes the course of the story. The story feels a bit repetitive just before the end of the first half. But, overall the story is fast paced and has plenty of twists and turns. 

The story really shines in the second half. The story seamlessly shifts between the past and the present which keeps you guessing about what will happen next in both the timelines. It’s like reading two stories at one, each with its own twists and each tied together by a common thread. 

As an author of seven psychological crime thrillers, KL Slater is clearly a master of her craft. She maintains a fine balance between the thriller and an emotional story right till the end. This book was paced perfectly and the climax ties all the loose ends logically with a satisfying end. Overall, Finding Grace is an entertaining & absorbing thriller full of twists and turns. 

Many thanks to the publishers Bookouture, the author K.L. Slater and NetGalley for the ARC.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review 

Finding Grace is an emotional thriller with twists along the way to keep you engaged and a fairly fast pace makes this almost unputdownable.
Lucie and Blake are a happy couple with two children, Grace is having her ninth birthday when we strat this journey and she is pushing the boundaries wanting to be able to walk home from her friends house just down the road by herself. After much persuasion she is allowed but even though safety measures have been put in place Grace disappears in thin air.

WOW!! I don't know where to start doing this one... I was utterly blown away with this. I went into this one thinking it was going to be a straight forward missing child story-line but this one was so much more than that. This has some wonderful twists and turns with this plot. I won't give any spoilers away on this.
This author is just amazing and her characters are so developed you just feel you are right there with them. The tension and plot just keeps building from the very beginning. This will definitely keep you wondering and guessing to the very end!

This is a superb psychological read that you won't want to miss!!  I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Outstanding. Had me hooked from the first page. Gave me goosebumps through the panic, I could feel the tension between the characters. Great read and I will be recommending to everyone.
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an engaging thriller bursting with twists, secrets, lies, and questions!

This was so much more than a missing child story... although that part of the story will really make you think if you are a parent... when do you let your child walk somewhere on their own, whether it be school or a friends house? The little girl Grace in this story is nine and is begging her parents to allow her to walk from their house to her friends house down the street... I was really thinking about this when did I allow my children to walk somewhere on their own? My oldest two kids a boy and a girl are only 13 months apart so it was usually the two of them and I think I was more comfortable with them walking together... but I had a hard time letting my daughter walk alone even when she was 14, however I probably let her go up the street to her friends? Just last night my youngest who is now 16 asked me if he could walk to the gas station to purchase chips and it was dark out and I really did not want him to go, of course he told me that I let his older brother who is 22  go, also my 22-year-old doesn’t live at home anymore... anyways I even struggled with this last night and my kids are pretty grown.... i’m sure you all wanted to know this😉 anyways all this is to say it is hard to let go and give your children the freedom that they need to become capable responsible adults... BUT can you imagine if the first time you allowed your child to walk alone they were snatched? Welcome to Lucy and Blake’s world....

Blake is a councilman, Lucy is a stay at home mom, they live a nice comfortable life with their two adorable children Grace and baby Oscar... then one day they allow nine-year-old Grace to walk home alone from a friends and their lives are changed forever... as the investigation begins into the who? Why? How? The layers start peeling away from Blake and Lucy‘s so-called perfect lives... both these characters were hiding quite a few things from one another, so many secrets, so many lies, so many suspects....

K L Slater is truly a masterful storyteller! This book was paced perfectly, we kept being fed breadcrumbs of information... just enough to satisfy me and make me wanting more... I really enjoyed how the secrets were revealed, I liked trying to figure out what was going on... another well-crafted thriller from a brilliant author!

A compelling thriller that will mess with your head and make you think what would I have done? Twists, turns, secrets, lies, and a bit of a Darkside! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head 

I have a tale to tell
Sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well
I was not ready for the fall
Too blind to see the writing on the wall
A man can tell a thousand lies
I've learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, 'till then
It will burn inside of me
I know where beauty lives
I've seen it once, I know the warm she gives
The light that you could never see
It shines inside, you can't take that from me
A man can tell a thousand lies
I've learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, 'till then
It will burn inside of me
The truth is never far behind
You kept it hidden well
If I live to tell
The secret I knew then
Will I ever have the chance again
If I ran away, I'd never have the strength
To go very far
How would…

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*** huge thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
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Wow. Where do I even begin with this review? This is every parents worst nightmare their child going missing. It was a rollercoaster of a read, just when you thought you knew one thing… Along comes the next lie, twist or secret to knock you off your feet.

I felt sorry for both parents throughout it is the worse possible thing that could happen to any parent. I did have my suspicions about some characters at the beginning of the story but ofcourse… They were wrong. The story does flick back to Lucies (Graces mother) past while she goes off to university but is set out clearly and doesn’t get the reader confused.

A really clever story that will knock you down again and again with each twist and turn. There are some very devious, twisted and nasty characters in this story which come to light more towards the end. The ending was perfect for me. A real page turner of a read. Brilliantly written, fast paced and contained short chapters which I personally prefer.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. A story I won’t and can’t forget about anytime soon. Poor grace. I felt really worried for wellbeing her throughout.
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Finding Grace is not K.L. Slater’s first novel, but it was the first I read from her.
The story starts quite interestingly, with Lucie, Grace’s mum walking us through in first person the day that her daughter, 9 year old Grace vanishes into thin air, walking home from her best friend’s house on the same road, for the first time ever. Both dads were supposed to watch her from behind the bushes, but as it turns out, both failed to fully do so. We soon find out that both of Grace’s parents - Lucie and Blake - have kept things from each other, even though they seemingly live in suburbia bliss. Lucie is a stay-at-home mum to Grace and baby Oscar - but she has some dark things hidden in her past, something that made her leave her university life 16 years ago, just as she started to live her own life. 
Blake is a well-respected councilman in their area. But is he really such an honest man...?
I really thought I will enjoy this story, but I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. It just didn’t live up to my expectations sadly...
I usually finish books in max 2-3 days, this one took me 5 days simply because I kept falling asleep on it, which isn’t a good sign when it’s a thriller!
I found the story slow to get started, I was halfway through the book when still nothing new happened other than Grace still being missing. 
It jumps between two timelines, one is now and the other is Lucie’s past from her university days. It jumps not just between timelines but first and third person too - which I don’t really like. It also changes POVs - it’s mainly Lucie but we get the odd one from Olivia too, who is Grace’s best friend. 
It really had the promise of a good fast paced thriller ... but I found the story very slow to get going as I mentioned, and then everything was crammed in the last few chapters, it was really rushed. It felt like it wasn’t really well thought out. There were also some things I didn’t really get- like Lucie’s dad’s issues and the real reason for why Grace disappeared, to me it was quite unbelievable. And the last chapter, 6 months later... I mean, some truths finally come to light and I thought Blake’s reaction was really not how anyone would react if they’re faced with what he’s been just told. Or at least not that soon... it’s hard to say much more without spoiling too much of the story!

Thank you for NetGalley, the publishers and the author for my free advanced copy to read and review!
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Lucie and Blake Sullivan are parents to 9-year old Grace, and baby Oscar.  Lucie is a stay-at-home mum and Blake is working on his political career and is a councillor for the Green Party.  

Grace has been on an outing with her friend, Olivia, and her parents.  Having just returned from a fun day out, Grace has insisted that now that she is 9, she should be allowed to walk home by herself.  The two families live on the same street just a 5-minute walk away.  The fathers of the girls are going to watch her as she walks home to make sure she is safe.  Each of the fathers are interrupted as they are watching and then Grace simply vanishes.

Terrified, they call the police who start a search joined by friends and neighbors.  But as night falls, there is still no sign of Grace.  Her parents are even more worried because Grace is a diabetic.  

Lucie’s father lives nearby and helps take care of Oscar now and then.  Lucie's mother left her and her father when she was little and has now passed away.  Blake’s parents are rather wealthy and somewhat snooty.  Blake’s mother, Nadine, doesn’t care for Lucie and never fails to criticize her mothering skills.

Lucie tends to be a nervous person and now she can’t help but wonder if something that happened 16 years ago is coming back to take revenge on her.

The story switches back and forth from Lucie’s college days to the present time.  We learn what happened when she was younger and how it has made her the frightened person that she is today.  Will Grace be found hopefully alive?

I enjoyed this book and find that the author writes a good thriller.  I questioned some small things that didn’t seem to go along with the time period of Lucie’s college days.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I got sucked into this one right away. I loved the writing! The chapters alternate from Lucie’s present to past and the current timeframe to the days leading up to the abduction. These switches were handled deftly and added depth. 

There were quite a few twists and red herrings in this story. I thought I figured it out a few times and I was wrong. So wrong. There are a lot of people to suspect, including Grace’s parents. 

You can really feel the emotions Lucie is going through, her desperation. She has made some horrible choices and continues to do so. But I still liked her, was rooting for her. 

The conclusion is good. It fits the story and does give a satisfying final zing. I will definitely read more by this author. 

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Bookouture for a copy in exchange for a review.
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Finding Grace is an emotional thriller with twists along the way to keep you engaged and a fairly fast pace makes this almost unputdownable.
Lucie and Blake are a happy couple with two children, Grace is having her ninth birthday when we strat this journey and she is pushing the boundaries wanting to be able to walk home from her friends house just down the road by herself. After much persuasion she is allowed but even though safety measures have been put in place Grace disappears in thin air.
This is a thriller that has a lot going on with little sub plots to stop it going stagnant, from Lucie finding money hidden in her house to revealing her secret of why she really left university all those years ago. The two timelines worked well with this writing style and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for this ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.
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A story that I read in one sitting, but the ending left me a bit dismayed. 

As she states in the afterword of her latest novel, K.L Slater decided to tackle the question of when is the right time to give your child(ren) more independence and frame it around a missing child plot . For parents, Lucie and Blake, their nine year old daughter, Grace, finally wears them down and she makes the walk from a friend's house to her own home by herself. Unfortunately Grace never makes it home and a frantic police search ensues. 

Similar to other books in this genre, both Lucie and Blake are hiding their share of secrets and Grace's life might be in grave danger, if they don't start talking. 

So I felt the majority of the story was engaging , but as the "reveal" occurs and I reached the epilogue, I felt my ready to give 4 star slip into 2.5- 3 territory. To explicitly comment as to why I feel this way would be too massive of a SPOILER. Therefore I might not have enjoyed the outcome of this tale, but I certainly would read another K.L
Slater story.
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"Finding Grace" by K.L. Slater.

My second time reading that author, I'm never disappointed! 

5 stars.
WOW! What a ride!
From start to finish I was so anxious about finding that little girl!  I wanted to know what happened!
Between the police asking questions, the neighboors, and the parents, wondering what's going on, how there is cash hidden in the house, how come nobody saw anything... someone is lying!
Do you really know the people closest to you?  
A story about the past and present, lies and secrets never told, how to face the truth, how to move forward...  How devastating to have a 9 year old child missing... every parents' nightmare! 

Loved it!

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this book.  This is my honest review, all opinions are my own!
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This had a sinister tone throughout, keeping the reader on their toes, and a shocking ending.

When Grace goes missing, Lucie is beside herself to find her. With a dark secret of her own buried in her past, it slowly comes back to haunt her, and it’s difficult to know who she can trust.

The beginning of the novel is surrounded by a sort of cloud of the unknown. It becomes increasingly clear that Lucie is hiding something, but we don’t know what, and Slater really does keep us on our toes, and gives us no more information than we need. The suspense just keeps building, and the flashbacks to the past just emphasise this more. It’s superbly clever, and I was so desperate to know what happened to both Grace and Lucie and how they were linked.

As more and more is revealed, the story gets seriously intriguing. Lucie’s mysterious backstory is definitely not what I thought it would be, and it definitely took me by surprise. There was also a nice twist, meaning that Lucie’s past is not so ‘past’ as she thought it was.

The characters are all really well-written, with lots of extra small twists and turns throughout. Even down to Lucie’s annoying mother-in-law, each character is brilliant in their own way! Suspicion falls on most people in the novel, and some of the side characters pop up unexpectedly to reveal sudden truths. I loved the constant sense of surprise throughout the story.

The ending was brilliant – it definitely wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, and I loved that Slater was able to keep the suspense and surprise up all the way until the end! The whole story, with the switches between past and present, really built up to a great ending, with quite sinister characters.

Great characters, brilliant ending, and a truly sinister undertone. Loved this!
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