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Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the miThirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried....

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The Girl Who Came Back Reviews

  • Kaceey
    2019-04-25 19:41

    A Traveling Sister read with Brenda!4.5*Olivia disappeared from her back-yard garden at the tender age of 6. Gone in an instant. Her parents ultimately divorced, moving on with their lives as best they could. Her mother Sarah remarried and had a new baby. Her father Dan spiraled out of control and was left a crushed, defeated man.When out of the blue, Little Olivia simply skips back into their lives as a teenager, some 13 years later, and no one can believe it...or her! Could it really be the same missing girl from so long ago? Or is this an imposter trying to embed herself into the lives of those so vulnerable and desperate to have her back. Kerry Wilkinson delivers a very taught, twisty thriller that was extremely hard to put down. I was all-in from the beginning. We set aside a weekend to read this book but basically it took just over one day.(Interrupted only by work)!! Although I did figure out some of the twists along the way, it certainly didn’t deter my enjoyment of this book at all!! I still hung on every word, even reading beyond the goals we set for ourselves!My first book from this author and will definitely be on the look-out for more! Highly recommend for all psychological thriller lovers!Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.For this review and our full traveling sister review please visit Brenda and Norma's Fantastic Traveling Sister Book Blog http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...

  • Sarah Joint
    2019-04-29 21:26

    A parent will always know their own child... right?Another winner for Kerry Wilkinson and Bookouture. Very gripping read, I never wanted to put it down and flew through it quite quickly. His style of writing is easy to read and engaging. It really keeps your attention. Six year old Olivia Adams disappeared from her garden one afternoon without a trace. Things like that just don't happen in little Stoneridge... until that day. She becomes a cautionary tale, the reason parents want their children home before dark, why they hold them extra close. You don't want to end up like Olivia, do you?It's thirteen years later and Olivia is back... or is she? She has a strange, sort of vague story about being taken by travelers. She's stingy on the details. She doesn't want to pursue any legal action. But mom looks into her eyes and she just knows her daughter has finally returned to her. Some people just aren't convinced, including her bully of a second husband. Who is right? Very enjoyable read. I went back and forth as I tried to figure out what was going on. I did figure it out a bit early, but Wilkinson threw some extras in there that made it stay interesting and kept me engaged in the book. It lost a little favor from me when the police were only vaguely interested in her return, I'm not sure if that's realistic or not but it just struck me as a little odd. All in all, another fine book from Bookouture and definitely worth the read!I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  • Brenda
    2019-04-22 18:47

    4.5 Stars Traveling Sister Review with Kaceey.The Girl Who Came Back is a fascinating, gripping and a fast-paced psychological thriller that had Kaceey and I hooked right from start to finish. Once we started, it quickly turned into an afternoon of us messaging each other with our theories and guesses till life needed our attention or I should say someone. Lol Kaceey had her game on with this and we made a pretty good team piecing this one together with Kaceey figuring out the twists. At least I wasn't in left field again with this one. Kerry Wilkinson does a great job creating an intriguing character here with our main character Olivia the girl who came back. Right from the start we were questioning her return and trying to figure out what secrets she was hiding. We were also intrigued by Lily’s story and the suspense increased as we tried to figure out how she was connected to the story. Kerry Wilkinson does a brilliant job weaving those two stories together and allowing us ok Kaceey to figure out the brilliant twists and keeping us interested right to the end We really liked how the story came together in the end and were quite satisfied with the ending. In the end we were asking ourselves if “The past is the past and should some secrets remain buried”. We highly recommend!Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for a copy to read and review.Kaccey’s review and all of our Traveling Sisters Read Reviews can be found on Norma’s and my sister blog:http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...

  • Christine
    2019-05-20 21:21

    This is the fifth Kerry Wilkinson book that I have read in the last four months. He has therefore obviously become one of my go to authors. I consider his novels comfort reads, perhaps because he is a terrific storyteller with a writing style that is extremely fluent. He is a versatile author capable of penning stories in several different genres. This book, a standalone, is a psychological thriller. The novel runs with two major threads. The main arc belongs to Olivia. Olivia disappeared from her back yard 13 years ago at the age of 5. Olivia turns out to be alive and well and has reappeared in her hometown, causing a lot of…well, let’s say interest, amongst the townfolk. Then we have Lily’s story. Lily lost her mom at an early age and is living with her broken dad. Life is not easy for Lily. How are these threads related?This is an intriguing tale. There are a fair number of characters and not too many are straightforward, including our two narrators. If you like unreliable narrators, this one is definitely for you. It’s tough sorting out who is trustable and who isn’t. There are shocking events that take place and decisions made that make you wonder how well you can really know anyone. In addition, a number of ethical questions are raised that made me wonder what I would really think, say, and do if I were in these particular circumstances. There is a lot to chew on.I must admit some of the plot stretched the believability factor for me. Sometimes that bothers me, but not so much with this book. I will cut Kerry some slack as when it’s all said and done he entertains me. I’m not totally sure why I love Kerry Wilkinson’s stuff; I just do. And that’s good enough for me. I highly recommend The Girl Who Came Back to anyone looking for a good piece of intrigue that will make you think.

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-04-25 14:27

    You can find all my reviews:, well well, this one had me unexpectedly gripped from start to finish where I resented moving from my comfy chair to enter 'real life'. This take place in a small English village, just a little community of people, and whoosh, this child Olivia goes missing. Right from her own back garden. Of course the village people rally around and go in search the the missing 5 year old.But coming up to time thirteen years later, Olivia turns up alive and well causing a huge stir among many of the village occupants; as you can imagine.Her Mother accepts that this girl standing before her is her long lost daughter who she always hoped and maintained was still alive. The enstranged Father is also a bit apprehensive. Alongside runs a story of Lily who is living with her Dad, but, how are these two families entwined?There is an awful lot to digest here which keeps your reading juices flowing and just as you think you are getting somewhere, you are not. Its pleasantly exhausting to be kept on your toes like this. The words flowed well, the pace I found was good and in between the reader was able to take a small breather before ploughing on. You never knew who to trust in this book, you thought you did, only to be fooled. I sat and thought about this subject matter long after I read the last page, really is food for thought.I received my copy via Bookoutour on Net Galley

  • Liz
    2019-05-17 17:35

    Typically, if a book is dealing with the return of a missing child, the perspective is from that of the parent(s) or others trying to discern if the child is the real deal. Here, the book is told from the perspective of the child. After 13 years of being missing, Olivia returns to the town of her childhood and finds her mom. Her mom is convinced it’s her, but Olivia’s new stepfather and his brother aren’t. Given that she was five when she was nabbed, it’s understandable that her memories of her early life and abduction are vague. One discussion she has with a childhood friend rang particularly true. Nattie says she's not sure how many of her memories are true or she's heard her mother tell a story so many times the story became a memory. I often feel like this, unsure if something is an original memory or a transplant, so to speak. Interspersed with the chapters on Olivia are ones about Lilly, growing up with just her dad after her mom’s death. Wilkinson doesn't explain the link between the two storylines and it's a long time coming. Over the past year, I’ve become a huge Kerry Wilkinson fan. I devoured his Jessica Daniel series. This one was slower to grab me. It's more of a slow burn with this book. There's something off about the whole thing, but you don't know what. That's what keeps you turning the pages. I had my suspicions from early on. And I sort of, kind of got it right. My thanks to netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of this book.

  • Melisa
    2019-04-26 14:27

    Well, I could not put this one down!This is my second book by Kerry Wilkinson and he once again did not disappoint. This is a seriously clever thriller. And this author is quickly becoming one of my go-to's for when I'm in the mood for some good suspense. I had a moment at the beginning where I almost stopped reading due to some shady character behavior for which I had to suspend disbelief a bit, but man am I glad I pushed through. I tore through this one in 24 hours, it was a fast paced, exciting read. Thank you to Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-13 20:42

    Thirteen years ago when Olivia Adams was only five years old she disappeared from her yard with no trace leaving her parents to wonder just what happened to their little girl. Now a young woman walks into the diner owned by Olivia's mother and approaches the woman with the claim that she is Olivia and she's finally returned home. Olivia's mother is immediately sure that this is her daughter that has returned to her but others around her are not so sure and demand answers. Olivia's story is one that is believable, she's spent the past thirteen years being raised by travelers and has come to escape them to return. But it's odd that Olivia doesn't want to go to the police so can anyone believe she is who she claims to be? The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson is another very solid thriller that will leave readers guessing up until the very end just where the author is taking them on the journey within the pages. I will say I held back a bit getting connected with Olivia trying to figure out if I should root for her to be the real daughter returned or if she would be an imposter so it took me a bit to get truly invested but the mystery kept the pages turning. The majority of this story is told by Olivia as she returns home and rejoins her family but there is also a side story throughout with a girl named Lily. The mystery of the two girls slowly unravels throughout the read and as many guesses as I came up with when it was all said and done this was one thriller that I didn't find easy to piece together at all and was quite impressed with how it worked out in the end. Would definitely recommend checking this one out having enjoyed it along with others by this author I've read. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Holly
    2019-05-07 17:27

    I feel that Kerry always delivers a solid mystery. I love his Jessica Daniel's series. His standalone books aren't his best but you know they're going to be good.This one begins with a woman who re-enters a life who people believe went missing when she was six. 13 years later--here she is or is it really her? Olivia doesn't need to prove anything to her Mum because mother's know their own children. Right? Other people around aren't so sure though. Is Olivia after something? Money? This is the question. As Olivia settles a little more in Stonebridge and starts to make friends, starts to love a family,......the truth will come out. Fast paced, good characters, and a solid plot. I expect nothing less from Kerry.**Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Adrian Dooley
    2019-05-15 18:33

    A nice premise, the story line had me hooked from the start but as I read on I became a little underwhelmed. Olivia Adams went missing as a 6 year old. Vanishing from her back garden when her father was minding her, she was never found. 13 years later and Olivia appears back in the village. She has apparently escaped her captors and is reunited with her mother and now stepfather as her parents divorced shortly after her disappearance, her father now turned to alcohol to dampen his guilt and failure. The village is intrigued and mostly delighted to have her back but her stepfather and brother(who are inseparable) are quite cold towards her, even hostile, not convinced she is who she says she is and are suspicious that she's an imposter. We also have another narrative in the book and the life of Lily and her tragic upbringing. We learn about her mothers death at an early age and her mostly absent father. As the chapters chop and change between the two narratives, the reader must wonder what the connection if any is between Lily and Olivia. This is my first read of a Kerry Wilkinson book and while a little underwhelming, it probably did enough for me to seek out his other work. The story sounds intriguing from the start as Olivia turns back up. All told from her perspective, we sort of know not to trust her completely as we try to figure out what is and isn't true. She's probably the strongest written character in the book. The rest alas, are either very cliched or just waiter thin. The character of her mother I found especially disappointing and two dimensional. We are introduced to her at the start as Olivia turns up at her Coffee shop and I was expecting some dynamic scenes between the two characters as the book progressed but Olivia seems to spend more time with two new friends who again aren't the most interesting of characters, while the mother flits in and out of the book with no real substance to her at all. The story was decent if unspectacular. The pieces are put in place a little heavy handidly throughout to all lead to the finale. A finale which seemed to lose the run of itself a little I felt. Decent but unspectacular would be my best description of this book. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. A solid three stars but a fairly forgettable read. Still there was enough there for me to want read more of the authors work which I hope to seek out. Many thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-05-05 17:43

    I love everything Kerry Wilkinson writes - he has such an addictive, page-turning style of writing. And this book is definitely one of his very best! From the first line to very last, this was a superb, mind-blowing read. Everything I thought I knew was turned on its head as I kept reading, every page revealing something knew that made me question myself and the characters. This is the kind of book I love best, where you don't know whom to trust, where every character is flawed yet supremely human, where every page holds secrets. Absolutely loved this engaging, amazing story and I cannot wait for more from this incredibly versatile and talented author.

  • Nicki
    2019-05-06 19:39

    A young woman has turned up in the cosy English village of Stoneridge claiming to be Olivia Adams who disappeared from her back garden when she was five years old.Is she Olivia Adams or isn't she?.If she is - then where has she been for the last thirteen years and is she isn't - then why is she pretending to be the missing girl?.Her mother is convinced that she is her missing daughter but not everyone is so sure.There are those in the village who would rather Olivia stayed missing.The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.The chapters alternate between Olivia and another young girl called Lily.Olivia`s chapters are set in the present while Lily`s start in the past and work their way up to the present day.I enjoyed Olivia`s parts a lot more than I did Lily`s,there was more mystery and intregue in Olivia`s chapters.To be honest the changes in character point of view were frustrating at times because you would get to a really interesting part of Olivia`s story,turn the page and find that the next chapter or two would be about Lily.I honestly groaned out loud a couple of times and was so tempted to skim forward to the next Olivia chapter because I really wanted to know what happened next.I really liked Olivia despite her faults,she could be really funny and witty at times.The villagers were a mixed bunch of believable,realistic characters,some likeable,some not so likeable.The author certainly likes writing about small communities where everyone knows everyone else's business and gossip spreads faster than the wind through the trees.It's a well written thriller about families,secrets,lies and how far people will go to feel wanted and loved by others.It's not fast paced but it does have some intense,gripping chapters towards the end.Unfortunately I worked out what was going on quite early in the story but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this book and I would happily read some more books by this author in the future.Many thanks to Bookouture for a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review

  • Lee
    2019-04-19 21:42

    I have never read anything from this author before but he is now in my list. Olivia has been missing for thirteen years with her family having no idea what happened to her after she was kidnapped when she was six years old. Most of her small town were involved with searching for her, but it was all to no avail. Now she has returned but is this really Olivia? The story is told from two POV's, Olivia and a girl named Lily but who is Lily and what brings these two characters together? Well developed characters and a strong plot, this is quite a gripping read and you will not be disappointed if you take the time to read this book. Again thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Shalini
    2019-05-18 21:43

    Story is pretty straightforward; Olivia Adams comes back home after 13 years, her mother believes that she is who she says she is : her daughter. And there are those who are suspicious. Then there are hidden truths, the family secrets, domestic abuse, people wearing masks. And the main crux of the story who is Olivia?? why has she come back?? As usual, the author, Kerry Wilkinson, has written a fast book with a lot of hints thrown in. He has made a simple story into a mystery read with 20 year old secrets. He has touched upon a lot of sensitive topics, but being a book of suspense, not dealt with any of them. His book is written in two viewpoints, the main character Olivia and a child Lily. So that gives a lot of hints of where the story is proceeding. Not much in depth development is done of any of the characters. But a lot of description is given to the details of their drinks at the pub. I picked up the book for the mystery in the title and the blurb but soon realized that there are parts written which are quite slow, does not keep the adrenaline racing. I didn't like any of the characters, they were all flawed but I couldn't find any redeeming points to admire them. But, all this does not take away the mystery from the story, it has its own fun to read, just not a nail biting one. To me, this was a light weekend read, where I read, wrote my review and didn't go back to book to think about it. Onto my next read.... I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Eva
    2019-05-04 15:33

    Cor! Kerry Wilkinson strikes again with this absolutely incredible page turner!Thirteen years ago, five year old Olivia disappeared from her back garden. Now she’s back. Or is she? Her mother is convinced her daughter has returned but not everyone shares her conviction. Is the girl who came back Olivia or merely an imposter?With The Girl Who Came Back the author has once again delivered a brilliantly executed plot. It is completely engrossing and compelling with tons of complex, and some quite unlikeable, characters. Its slow pace works like a charm, as does the setting of this sleepy village where everybody seems to know everybody’s business. Although maybe not quite because how is it possible that a five year old can just disappear like that?Slowly but surely family secrets will be revealed and some skeletons will fall out of the closets. And in the middle of all of that, there’s the always interesting topic of nature versus nurture that has you wondering if things might have turned out differently in an alternate universe.Tension bubbles away underneath the surface throughout the story and there was this subtle threatening vibe that had me on the edge of my seat. There are tiny clues along the way that are sometimes quite easy to miss but when you pick up on them, they’ll have you wracking your brain trying to figure out what’s going on. And just when you think you know, there’s a twist or two that’ll make your head spin.This is quite a quick read but utterly absorbing. Kerry Wilkinson is an amazing writer whose stories constantly manage to reel me in and keep me hooked. All I can say is, I’d like some more, please.

  • Hans
    2019-05-16 17:38

    It is a three stars story for me. But as it is told so very well I ended up giving it four stars.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-23 22:22

    3.5 stars Not my favorite KW book, but still good. Is she Olivia or Isn't she - that is what this one is about. You will find some twists while reading, but overall, the clues are pretty obvious so for me, no surprise about Olivia. However, KW does manage to throw in a nice little gem at the end that will have you giving him a mental "high five" :)I did find some of the characters to be a little bit clichéd, but once again KW gives us a thoroughly enjoyable read.**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-05-10 22:24

    If you accept the fact that "The girl who came Back" has no real literary content and if you acknowledge that the plot and conclusion is not quite believable and indeed a little bizarre, then you will really enjoy this read! This is the second book I have read by Kerry Wilkinson (the first being Nothing but Trouble, Jessica Daniel 11) and I am beginning to warm to his young, vibrant and exciting style. I do not always read to be educated or to marvel at an authors descriptive prose or deep character analysis, sometimes I read for the shear hell of enjoyment, for the love of the printed word and the way I can be transported to another dimension. If what I have just said makes you the reader think that I am a confused reviewer/blogger then understand this I read indeed I consumed The girl who came Back in one day and was thoroughly entertained.Some 13 years ago a young Olivia Adams vanished, presumed taken, from her back garden, in the picturesque village of Stoneridge. The trauma of this event was soon followed by the collapse of the marriage of Sarah and Dan, the parents of Olivia. Now all these years later a child, who most people feared was dead, reappears and confronts her mum in the local village cafe. Sarah has a new husband Max, a childhood sweetheart, and upon meeting the newly reinstated Olivia, Max together with his brother Ashley display resentment and hatred towards the young girl. There are questions to be asked and answers to be sought. Is Olivia Adams the person she purports to be? Why is Max so full of hatred? Where is Olivia's real father? Who is the mysterious Lily and what is her connection to the events as they unfold?I often wonder how bad reviews affect the mindset of an author. There will always be readers who love and readers who hate a particular writing style. Kerry Wilkinson has voiced his opinion on negative reviews on a well know video sharing site and I found his attitude and acceptance so refreshing and entertaining. He acknowledges everyone has a right to voice an opinion whether that be positive or negative. This young man certainly has a future in writing and I look forward to discovering his back catalogue as well as reading future publications and observe him developing as an author. Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for sending me a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

  • Zannie (darktwistybooks)
    2019-05-20 16:18

    The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson.The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson is a delightful read. I loved the premise of the story and could not put the book down. Although says it took me three days to read it, I read most of it in one day.The Girl Who Came Back is a book about Olivia, who “came back” after having been missing for 13 years. She was kidnapped out of her garden when she was 6-years old, and the entire village searched for her, then memorialized her once they declared her dead.Simultaneously, we also read the story of Lily. Her story begins at the age of 12 when her mother passes away. Her father loses himself in alcohol, and she has to take care of them both.I loved how Olivia’s and Lily’s stories meld together in the end. I particularly enjoyed reading about Lily.But back to the village. Oliva’s mother and other villagers are beyond excited to see Olivia. But not everyone is so happy about her return. Namely her mother’s current husband Max and his creepy brother Ashley.One Flaw.Kerry Wilkinson’s Two Sisters was a 5-star book for me, and I thought The Girl Who Came Back would be the same. But there was one major thing that was bothering me the whole time.So we know this story is about a kidnapped girl who came back (or so the title says!). So when she came back, why did the cops barely show an interest when it was such a high-profile case 13 years ago?Don’t let that flaw dissuade you. After all, I did give it four above average stars. It’s a great book and an interesting story with twists.I didn’t find Olivia as likable as I thought I would. However, the surrounding characters more than made up for that. I loved her friends, Nattie and Rhys. And above all, I loved her father, Dan. He fell apart after her disappearance and subsequent divorce from Olivia's mother. But he was so delighted upon Olivia’s return, that it was beautiful to see him pick himself back up and become her father again.Set aside any judgment I made on the police matter; I highly recommend The Girl Who Came Back.

  • Ihcene
    2019-04-19 14:33

    This is my second book by Kerry Wilkinson, and I am officially an addict! I couldn't put this one down, it was everything I expected and more.The book is basically about Olivia Adams, a girl who went missing from a small town when she was only six. Now thirteen years later Olivia is back.. or is she?, she's eighteen, so grown up and so "Alive", her mother believes it's her, her dad too, but not everyone is going to welcome the missing child with open arms. Doubts start to interfere, and poor Olivia is getting more than she bargained for!The story keeps going as Olivia tries to blend in with her new life, and we start getting glimpses into someone else's past, Lily's past to be accurate, so what's the relationship between the two of them? And how is it going to affect either of them!I personally found this book really entertaining, it was interesting and the story kept going with as much intensity till the last chapters! I really enjoyed this one.

  • Shell Baker
    2019-05-06 17:35

    OMG this book is so damn good…. gripped from the very first page…. I freaking loved it! Anyone that follows my blog knows I am a big fan of psychological thrillers and this one just totally hit the spot. After reading Kerry Wilkinson's Two Sisters and loving it. Kerry delivers this utterly sensational page turner.I literally couldn't put this down and devoured it in one afternoon. The author takes us on a roller coaster ride where we follow the story told through Olivia Adams eyes about her return to Stoneridge to meet her Mother after going missing 13 years ago. Her mother is convinced it is her daughter but not everyone is so sure.I love how we are straight in there with the story, the author certainly does not take any prisoners. With alternating chapters each one leaving you wanting more. Flicking between now and then, making this one very engaging story. The more I read the more I began to get to like Olivia But with her being the main character I was very intrigued by her and always wanting to know more. I loved her friendship with Nattie and Rhys all of them are realistic and likable. I could feel the bond grow between them throughout the story. And of course there are the characters in the story that you will dislike.Kerry has done a brilliant job of building up the layers and just when I thought I had it all worked out BOOM a twist is thrown in. Yes this book has plenty of OMG moments and that ending...keeping me on the edge of my seat. Talk about getting in my head this story will certainly get the clogs ticking. I am just gutted that I have finished it. This is a must read for psychological thriller fan's, which I cannot recommend enough giving 5 massive stars. Thank you to Bookouture for a copy and for inviting me to take part in this blitz tour.

  • Mary Thomas
    2019-04-24 16:43

    Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.Olivia returns to the village after thirteens years of being missing at the age of 6. Her mother welcomes her with open arms but her stepfather and his brother are sceptical and downright menacing. Her parents had divorced after her disappearance and her father takes solace in alcohol. Lily's story is told in flashbacks as we learn of the death of her mother and her subsequent neglect by her father. The basic premise of this story is good even though I had worked out most of Lily's history it didn't spoil my enjoyment. The problem I had is that a young girl returns after 13 years and there is zero police and media involvement. This is so unbelievable that it spoiled the book for me hence the 3* rating. I don't care how small the village is there will always be that one person who will inform the media to make a quick buck.

  • Despoina
    2019-04-28 22:21

    Πρόκειται για ένα από τα λίγα βιβλία που μάντεψα από πολύ νωρίς τί έχει συμβεί ,γι αυτό κ τα τρία αστεράκια.Κύλησε γρήγορα,έξυπνη ιστορία αλλά λίγο προβλέψιμη από ένα σημείο κ μετά.

  • Gavin Dimmock
    2019-05-13 19:30

    **This was a review copy provided to me by**I had just come off a great streak of form with my reading choices; a “hat-trick” of wonderful debut crime novels by new British writers whose work left me eager to turn the pages and delve deeper into the world they have created. Buoyed by my recent successful reads, I plunged into this novel and was, initially, excited by the writing and the plot line. However, part way through, around 30%-50% (I read it on my Kindle), I found the story to be a little of a chore to read.I can’t say quite why but I found this book to be one of those that, at certain points, you consider casting to one side. I think I became a tad bored with the plot and annoyed with the male characters; they all seemed to be weak and/or unpleasant, without any redeeming traits. I accept that the storyline required this to be the case but it still jarred a little with me. The lead female characters are quite feisty, strong and well shaped and, for me, this helped to steer the tale on.But, having said this, flush from my earlier trio of successful reads, I was determined to finish this read and I carried on to the end. I am very pleased that I did as I found the plot suddenly kicked on apace and the story began to grab me again as the early part did. I became very intrigued by the dual plot line and in trying to decide exactly how the two girls stories intersected.Despite my reservations part way through, I think that Kerry Wilkinson has crafted a fine tale that lays enough false trails and red herrings to make the ending sufficiently “twisty” without being too outlandish. The plot was deftly handled and intersected very nicely at the end with a terrific, atmospheric climax that was, indeed, a “page turner”.For me, this was, eventually, an enjoyable and interesting read. My three star review is based on my feeling that the male characters were a little one dimensional and lacking any good qualities and with my loss of interest part way through. Perhaps I am overly critical but, without those distractions, I would have no hesitation in giving this a four star review.Would I try another book by Kerry Wilkinson? Very possibly!

  • Donna Maguire
    2019-04-19 17:27 is an absolutely superb book! I have read quite a few of Kerry Wilkinson's books and hands down for me this is the best one he has written yet!! It gripped me and I didn't want to put it down, the writing style is excellent, the story creeps slowly building up and setting the tension perfectly. It absorbs you and it is really intense in just the right places. The characters work so well together, it really is an excellent stand alone psychological thriller - 5 stars from me no hesitation and definitely in my top ten books of 2017!!

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-05-13 18:44

    Πάρα, μα πάρα πολύ καλή αφηγηματική ροή. Το βιβλίο δεν κάνει πουθενά κοιλιά, δεν πιάνεις τον εαυτό σου να βαριέται ούτε για μια στιγμή, ενώ δεν μπορείς να τ’ αφήσεις απ’ τα χέρια σου. Πολύ ενδιαφέρων ο τρόπος με τον οποίο χειρίζεται ο συγγραφέας την παράλληλη, εμβόλιμη ιστορία της Lily και του πατέρα της, την οποία δεν μπορείς λεπτό να σταματήσεις να σκέφτεσαι, βάζοντας με το νου σου χίλια πράγματα και φτιάχνοντας δεκάδες σενάρια που θα μπορούσαν να δίνουν μία λογική εξήγηση. Κι ενώ φαντάζει εύκολο, τελικά δεν είναι καθόλου.Πολύ ωραία, δομημένα, άρτια και πλήρη ψυχογραφήματα. Όλοι οι χαρακτήρες είναι αναλυμένοι τόσο όσο χρειάζεται, τόσο όσο θα έπρεπε προκειμένου να τους κατανοήσουμε, να καταλάβουμε τον ψυχισμό τους, το πώς σκέφτονται, λειτουργούν, πράττουν, αλλά και ποια είναι τα εσωτερικά κίνητρα που καθοδηγούν τον καθένα τους, καθώς και το ποιοι είναι οι κώδικες της προσωπικής τους ηθικής. Η ιστορία αυτή σου προκαλεί μια εσωτερική αγωνία, ενισχύει τους φόβους και τις ανασφάλειές σου, ειδικά αν είσαι γονιός, παίζοντας με το υποσυνείδητό του. Και μπορεί αυτό ν’ ακούγεται κάπως διεστραμμένο, αλλά από ένα βιβλίο αυτής της κατηγορίας, το να πετυχαίνει κάτι τέτοιο, είναι μάλλον σπουδαίο. Παράλληλα με όλα, σου δείχνει πως η εξαφάνιση αυτή επηρέασε, όχι μόνο την οικογένεια της Olivia, αλλά και ολόκληρη την μικρή τους κοινωνία. Και ειδικά σε μία εποχή που εξαφανίσεις δίνουν και παίρνουν, αυτό δίνει τροφή για σκέψη και προβληματισμό, σε κοινωνικό πλαίσιο, εκτός των άλλων, όχι μόνο μυθιστορηματικά αλλά και πραγματιστικά, φέρνοντας σε παραλληλισμό τη μυθιστορία με την αληθινή ζωή.(Αναλυτικό review αν τελικά κυκλοφορήσει...)

  • Tracy Shephard
    2019-04-23 20:36

    The Girl Who Came Back is gripping..It is an incredible page turner and one that was for me a one sit read. Olivia disappeared from her back garden when she was six and now she's back. With questions to ask and people to meet her story is one of complete intrigue.Early in the book the reader knows that something isn't quite right.. and as the tale progresses we learn that Olivia has secrets of her ownThen there is Lily.. her mother taken by cancer, her father a drinker she has a hard childhood, not made easy by her father's creepy friend 'Uncle Alan. Olivia's friend Nattie is brilliant and I loved her. The relationship between the two girls is special, and along with her mother Nattie helps fills in the story of Olivia's life before and after she was taken.Wilkinson has written an hard edged novel with lots of drama. It is filled with twists and this one gives he reader a lot to think about.  The mystery of Olivia and Lily and how the two stories are connected makes this book an extraordinary read. I love books with flawed characters and The Girl Who Came Back is full of them, but they add a likable and entertaining sharpness and I loved getting to know them.Recommended read.4*/5 

  • Kristine
    2019-05-08 20:33

    Original review can be found at** I received an advanced readers copy from Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**Olivia went missing from her backyard garden and thirteen years later she showed up in her mother's coffee shop. Questions immediately started formulating in the heads of the characters in the book and mine as well. Where was she for the last thirteen years? What happened on that day? Why did it take so long to come back? Who abducted her? Was she really Olivia like she claimed to be? Regardless of the questions and the answers that everyone was dying to know, it was a really great start to what was looking like a really great story.The story was told from Olivia's point of view after her return but within a few chapters the reader also got to hear a separate story from a girl named Lily. I desperately wanted to know what the connection was between the two girls and how it would all play out. I pride myself in being able to figure out the "twist" or "mystery" early on but I admit that it took me a little longer with this one. Before it was all revealed I had it figured out but it wasn't as easy or obvious as some.It is always difficult to discuss a book in which it is important not to give away too much so I will keep my thoughts relatively vague where it comes to the plot. I will say that this book was a very easy read. In fact, I had it finished in one day. The story itself was interesting and the unknown aspects were intriguing enough that I felt the need to keep turning the pages to figure out the whole picture. I was unsure of both Olivia and Lily but I found myself liking Lily a little better. The question of whether Olivia was really Olivia stopped me from fully routing for her.All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was actually one of the better ones that I have picked up in the last little while. Kerry Wilkinson is a new author to me but after reading The Girl Who Came Back I can assure you that he won't be new for long!

  • Debbie
    2019-04-19 17:40

    This was the second book that I have read by this author, and yes, he definitely remains on my TBR list!In this book, Olivia was 6 years old when she went missing. It's now thirteen years later and she's back. Upon her return, she finds her mother remarried to TweedleDum, Mack, and his shadow (brother) TweedleDick, Ashley. Whenever you see one brother, you see the other. Ten years in age difference and someone in this pair has not grown up. Ha!! She also finds her father, an alcoholic recluse who the whole village blames for Olivia's disappearance.I can tell you that there was one person in this book that I could not stand. The author did a great job portraying him as an arse.The twists are there, but you really don't see them and connect all the dots until the ending. This was a great read that I could not put down. Definitely thrilling and entertaining!Thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  • Julie Lacey
    2019-05-07 17:39

    I did enjoy this book but it tended to just plod along rather than have me on the edge of my seat. Olivia returns home over ten years after being adbucted from her back garden and the story centres around her getting to know her family again. There is also the story of Lily and a revelation later in the book which I didn't see coming. This is a well written story and like Kerry's other novels it does hold your interest and make you want to find out what is really happening. I would recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for sending me an advance copy to read and review.