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By Lynda La Plante

The fascinating new standalone mystery from the No. 1 bestselling mistress of suspense
'Please don't enable something undesirable have occurred to her, please don't enable something have occurred to my baby…'
Marcus and Lena Fulford are the envy in their associates. filthy rich, appealing and winning, the couple, with their strikingly attractive teenage daughter Amy, appear settled and content material. yet appearances masks a strained courting virtually at verge of collapse. Marcus's most modern enterprise enterprise has failed, draining Lena, the foremost breadwinner, dry. placing Amy into weekly boarding institution and striving to get her personal profession again on its toes, Lena continues to be on my own within the sumptuous family members residence as her marriage heads in the direction of as amicable a divorce as she and Marcus can muster, and joint custody in their merely child.
So while Amy arranges a sleepover with a faculty buddy one weekend, neither father or mother sees the necessity to be in contact along with her. Saturday, Sunday, Monday morning cross prior to Lena - seething from her first, all of sudden confrontational, assembly with Marcus's divorce legal professional - telephones Amy. instantly to Amy's voicemail. She needs to be in classes. Lena sends a textual content. She waits. No answer, no touch whatever. it is just while Amy is mentioned lacking from university and her friend's mom finds that, rather than staying with them, Amy was once traveling her father - a truth vehemently denied through Marcus - that Lena contacts the police. Her daughter has now not been noticeable considering that Saturday afternoon.
As the police accentuate their enquiries, their reassurances that Amy may be stumbled on secure and good start to sound more and more hole. DI Victor Reid, in command of the case, fears the worst - abduction or homicide. A kinfolk lower than consistent police and press scrutiny, a father who has probably lied approximately his alibi for the weekend, a mom whose ideal international is crumbling underneath her toes, a detective stressed from his impatient superiors to carry a consequence, the size of time that Amy has been lacking accumulating speed… all conspire to make Lynda l. a. Plante's most modern mystery her so much stressful and terrifying but.
Where is Amy? Is she alive or lifeless? Lies and betrayal mount because the hunt for a lacking lady turns into a look for a body…

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Justine requested, and Lane smiled, making a choice on up her case and holdall. ‘Let me get you a taxi, leave out Hyde. ’ She hesitated, and requested in the event that they had discovered Amy, as she didn’t fairly comprehend why she have been introduced in and questioned if it used to be anything to do along with her courting with Marcus. Lane held open the lab door, indicating for her to head forward. ‘Amy continues to be lacking, I’m sorry to assert. ’ She grew to become to examine the trestle desk. ‘But I don’t comprehend. I suggest, whose are all of the different issues – are they Amy’s? is that this to do with Marcus? ’ Lane escorted her out from the lab and Wey watched the doorways swing closed. As he wandered alongside the desk, Wey learned that it wasn’t humorous any further – actually it was once a seedy show. ‘Any extra ladies to do a viewing? ’ Bracken requested Wey. ‘Yes. whilst I labored on vice loads of males bought a kick out of retaining women’s undies and a few even loved donning them. What I suggest is, may possibly Marcus Fulford’s semen have gotten at the lingerie simply because he wore them? ’ ‘Well we’re no longer 100 in line with cent yes it’s his but, yet from the quantity on many of the undies he definitely spews it out – might be he’s a type of men that jerks off into them, or withdraws prior to ejaculation as there has been lots at the mattress sheets. ’ ‘Jesus Christ,’ Wey muttered, checking his watch and puzzling over who used to be coming in subsequent. At that second DS Lane entered and requested in the event that they have been prepared for Gail Summers, who used to be within the ready room. without warning they heard raised voices from the hall and Wey opened the lab door to seem, yet there has been not anyone there, although the voices have been very loud and a girl was once screaming. He headed in the direction of the ready room, and now the row was once at complete throttle, and while he seemed throughout the glass panel he observed Lena Fulford attacking her husband and DC Burrows attempting to step among them, yet to no avail. ‘You bastard, you're disgusting, and now it’s bloody visible to me simply the way you knew rather a lot approximately my company! How may well you? you recognize I trusted her! ’ Reid, coming back from the lavatory, puzzled what in the world was once happening. Wey defined that DS Lane had placed Gail Summers within the ready room and for a few cause it had all kicked off. Reid knew why and regretted now not pondering to ensure Gail and the Fulfords have been saved aside. He stormed into the room and shouted ‘Enough! ’ on the most sensible of his voice. Gail Summers was once sobbing, whereas Marcus was once status in entrance of Lena, attempting to calm her down, as she used to be evidently spoiling for a struggle. Her fists have been clenched and she or he used to be attempting to circulate her husband out of how to get to Gail Summers. Reid shouted back and there has been silence. ‘This is neither the time nor where to have this sort of argument. Mr and Mrs Fulford, sit and be quiet, and pass over Summers, please choose Detective Wey. ’ A tearful Gail Summers used to be led out, as Lena sat perched at the fringe of her chair. She glared at her husband. ‘You fairly sicken me. How might you? good allow me inform you, she’s misplaced her activity – i'm going to have her out of my workplace within the morning. ’ Marcus simply sat there now not asserting a notice, yet Lena was once no longer approximately to allow cross and grew to become to Reid as though he wanted an evidence.

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