Throwback Thursday – Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan


Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 


Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan

Burnt Paper Sky

Published February 5, 2015 by Piatkus


Goodreads Description:

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…



My Thoughts:

This book is also under the title “What She Knew”

Rachel Jenner and her eight-year-old son, Ben and their dog are taking a walk through Bristol Park. This is something they often do together. Ben asks if he can go ahead a bit on his own, Rachel says yes and off he goes. After a short time, Rachel calls for Ben and he doesn’t answer. As she searches for him she starts to panic, in only moments her worst fear, any parents worst fear has happened….

Ben has vanished.

I thought that the author did a fantastic job of portraying how differently people could react in this situation. Emotional and gripping I couldn’t stop reading.

I wanted to know what happened to Ben.

In my opinion, this was an amazing debut psychological thriller. I would definitely recommend this novel. I am hoping to read more from this author soon.




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