Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and ends up in China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler, follow her adventures on her blog, 'Lori In The Orient'. But then all communication stops and when the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing to their local police. But it is impossible to find out anything from 5,000 miles away so they are compelled to travel out to Chengdu, a city in the south-western province of Sichuan, to search for their missing daughter.
Landing in a totally unfamiliar, alien country, with no knowledge of the customs or language and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective, following in their daughter's footsteps, tracing the people she mentioned in her posts, interviewing her friends, colleagues and students. It's an unbearably difficult and heartbreaking challenge and, as the days pass, the fear that Lori is lost to them for ever becomes harder to ignore...
I started this not really knowing what to expect. My Mum had read it and she said I would enjoy it. And I did.
Any mother and fathers worst nightmare, How the hell would you cope when your daughter goes missing, but even worse, missing abroad. Jo Maddox is faced with this when suddenly contact with her daughter who is in China stops, no text, no phone calls, And she has stopped updating her blog.
Jo and her ex husband Tom find themselves travelling to china in search or Lori.
The book is full of tension and very much emotional. I found myself getting quite involved and wondering just how you would actually feel in a foreign country trying to search for your daughter, not understanding the language and culture and having to rely on the authorities to help. It's only a matter of time before you will want to take things into your own hands, but normally that is not the right way of doing things.
Jo seems to really go through it in this book, not only searching for her daughter with her ex husband, her now husband is at home with their 2 boys, one of which is going through a bit of a poorly time, her husband having just been made redundant is trying to keep things together at home while his wife is looking for her daughter. a very difficult situation, and trying to balance family life with emotions can prove hard work.
Big thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.
'Stunning' Ann Cleeves
'Intelligent and emotionally engaging' Daily Telegraph
'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better' Val McDermid
'Complex and satisfying' Sunday Times
'Not just a whodunnit but the consequences of a crime... very real' Kate Mosse
'An immensely subtle, sad and gripping tale, beautifully written.' Literary Review
'Cath Staincliffe picks extreme moral dilemmas for her characters to solve. The resulting fiction is intelligent, gripping and moving.' Natasha Cooper
About the Author Cath Staincliffe is an award winning novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV's hit series Blue Murder. Cath's books have been shortlisted for the CWA Best First Novel award and for the Dagger in the Library. She was joint winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2012. Letters To My Daughter's Killer was selected for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club on ITV3 in 2014. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey books based on the popular ITV series. She lives with her family in Manchester.