Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter?
The 'unputdownable' [Erin Kelly] new thriller from the bestselling author of psychological suspense
by Nicci French
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Pub Date 17 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 8 Feb 2024
Simon and Schuster UK, Simon & Schuster UK
‘Classic Nicci French: an unputdownable missing-persons thriller that’s also a searing examination of family, memory and grief. A big-skied, full-blooded, broken-hearted book' Erin Kelly
She’s loved by all who meet her. But someone wants her gone . . .
When beautiful and vivacious Charlotte Salter fails to turn up to her husband Alec’s 50th birthday party, her kids are worried, but Alec is not. As the days pass and there’s still no word from Charlie, her daughter, Etty, and her sons, Niall, Paul and Ollie, all struggle to come to terms with her disappearance.
How can anyone just vanish without a trace?
Left with no answers and in limbo, the Salter children try and go on with their lives, all the while thinking that their mother’s killer is potentially very close to home.
After years away, Etty returns home to the small East Anglian village where she grew up to help move her father into a care home. Now in his eighties, Alec has dementia and often mistakes his daughter for her mother.
Etty is a changed woman from the trouble-free girl she was when Charlie was still around - all the Salter children have spent decades running and hiding from their mother’s disappearance.
But when their childhood friends, Greg and Morgen Ackerley, decide to do a podcast about Charlotte’s disappearance, it seems like the town’s buried secrets – and the Salters’ – might finally come to light.
After all this time, will they finally find out what really happened to Charlotte Salter?
PRAISE FOR NICCI FRENCH:
'Fantastic - a breathless drumbeat of dread and suspense . . . no one does it better than Nicci French' Lee Child
'Expertly paced, psychologically sharp, thoroughly enjoyable' Louise Candlish
'Heart-thumping, head-scratching, nail-biting stuff' Erin Kelly
'Perfection' Sophie Hannah
'No-one does the dark distortion of good intentions like Nicci French' Cara Hunter
'An absolute masterclass of crime writing' Kate Rhodes
'As well as a fantastic mystery, Nicci French has written a powerful, moving and wise story about the damage that loss does to families, with characters you can’t forget. I loved it' Jo Callaghan
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I'm a massive fan of Nicci French so I was really excited to read this book. As always I was gripped instantly until the very end.
This book was the first foray into the writing of Nicci French for this reviewer, and it seems that I have a lot of fantastic storytelling to catch up on! Charlotte Salter, mother of four disappeared on the night of her husband’s birthday party, never to be seen or heard from again. Shortly afterwards another death rocks the close knit group of family and friends, then 30 years later, there is a murder in the same area. Are the deaths connected, and if so, how? The family of Charlotte Salter has never stopped looking for her, but it takes the skills of detective Maud to shake things up and bring about the closure everyone has been waiting for so long. This really is a cracking story, with believable characters, a plot with plenty of twists and turns, and a completely unexpected ending. Superb storytelling altogether.
Another hit from the excellent writing duo Nicci French who's books I can't get enough of.
This read builds and builds from the events of Christmas 1990 to the present day where this story full of secrets and lies comes to a brilliant ending which took me by surprise.
All characters were interesting but my favourite was Maud O'connor a strong likable character with her own demons who I think would be suitable for a new series of books HINT HINT.
Thanks to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster UK for the ARC.
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