FIRST CLASS PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM A MAJOR NEW VOICE IN FICTION
Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Enquirer. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received:
I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me.
Please help me
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She is knocked unconscious and then bundled into his car while…more Spoilers ahoy!
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She is knocked unconscious and then bundled into his car while distracted.
As for the second question, Bethan falls into the stream and is carried away (which is how her nightgown ends up at the bridge early on...)
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Margot Lewis is an agony aunt with her local newspaper, and receives many letters every week, but when she starts receiving them from Bethan Avery, who's been missing for years, she becomes completely absorbed in solving this mystery. Bethan is reaching out to Margot asking her to come find her , and rescue her from the man holding her captive. Could the letters really be from Bethan? It seems ...more
The twist, if you can call it that, could not have been more obvious, the pacing was slow, and I felt more connection to the person standing behind me in the supermarket queue this morning than I did to these characters.
In any case, thanks to Penguin and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
First Class Psychological Suspense From a Major New Voice in Fiction
Bethan Avery went missing seventeen years ago, but suddenly turned up in letters to an agony columnist. Details of her disappearance which was unknown before, confirmed the validity of her identity, but also baffled the columnist as well as the police. Margot Lewis, a high school teacher was also Dear Amy for The Cambridge Examiner, when one of her students, Katie Brown, ...more
A novel of contrasts. Good and evil. Darkness and Light. In order, to solve a mystery and help the victims, the complex protagonist must return to the underworld, her haunted past with an intense unwavering strength of will.
There is a lot here beyond ...more
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First of all I really enjoyed the setting of this novel. Margot Lewis lives and works in Cambridge, England. I have never been there myself but it was nice to get to know the city, especially the campus and the university. Who knew that Cambridge University isn't one big university, but that it consists of 31 independent colleges that form Cambridge University as a whole? I didn't.
Margot Lewis is an interesting character. She is a teacher by day ...more
I'd recommend it to all thriller fans!
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I was so hyped up over this book and I was delighted to have been approved to received an arc. However, the reality was very different and I struggled with this book pretty much from the very beginning. I just could not connect with the character of Margot and I found her monologuing quite dull, with my attention often wandering elsewhere. Her ...more
Dear Amy came up as one of THE books to read this summer - a debut to watch according to Deadgood Books so I knew I wanted to read. So I was made up when the publisher approved my request through Netgalley.
Helen Callaghan definitely has a way with words. The way she described the head nun Mother Cecilia as a "female ...more
This gripping story is based around Margot, a Cambridge schoolteacher, who also moonlights as an agony aunt, under the alias “Dear Amy” for a local newspaper. When a haunting letter comes into Margot’s hands as Amy, from a person claiming to be Bethan Avery, it is a shock. This is because Bethan Avery was a young girl who went missing 20 years earlier and has never been found. The letter has the schoolteacher debating as to whether the letter is ...more
Margot, is a classic teacher at St Hilda, and as a part time job writes a column in a local newspaper. It is called Dear Amy, an advise column. One day, when she was checking the letters, was surprised to notice that there was one with a childish handwriting, when she opened it she was ...more
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Ok please forgive the bad score. It isn't beau s it is badly written or anything like that. I actually really liked the writing style. Other people who like physiological thrillers may indeed love this book.
It follows an aging aunt Margot Lewis. ...more
It felt so much longer than it actually was.
The premise was good, the twist fairly easy to guess, characters made me feel nothing and Martin and Margot's relationship felt just out of place.
Good idea but needed more excitement and work.
I loved the idea behind Dear Amy, a girl that’s been missing for almost twenty years suddenly resurfaces? I’m all over that premise, and while there were aspects that I liked, overall I wasn’t as impressed as I would’ve hoped to be by this one.
Margot Lewis writes an advice column for the newspaper, Dear Amy. Most of the letters are run of the mill, then she begins receiving correspondence from Bethan Avery who was last seen seventeen years ...more
When Margot, an agony aunt in a local paper, receives letters to her ‘Dear Amy’ post box from someone ...more
Margot is a teacher, with a part time hobby as an agony aunt ‘Dear Amy’ for a newspaper. One day, she gets a mysterious letter from a Bethan Avery asking for help. The only thing is the girl went missing in the 1990s and no one has heard of her since. Margot is convinced that the letter is genuine. Local teenager Katie Brown goes missing, in the present day. We follow Margot, as she searches for answers ...more
So, it's a bit gruesome but thankfully sparing on the gory details. I liked the start more than the end but isn't that so often the way of things .
Margot Lewis is a teacher at St Hilda's. Under the guise of Dear Amy she is also an agony aunt for the Cambridge Examiner and is the process of divorce from her husband of a few years, Eddy. When she receives a letter asking for her help in a kidnapping, Margot is perplexed. The letter is from Bethan Avery and she has been missing, believed dead though no body was found, for nearly twenty years. Is someone playing a cruel hoax? Or is it for real? Also at present one of the ...more
Margot Lewis is a secondary (high) school teacher who also writes the agony column, Dear Amy… , for the local newspaper. She regularly has letters asking for advice, but has never had one like this before. This one claims to have been written by someone who has been kidnapped and wants rescuing. It turns out that the signature on the letter is of someone that was kidnapped but ...more
I read A LOT of psychological thrillers - it's not just because I want the author to surprise me but because I'm interested in psychology and how people respond to trauma and extremes.
The nature/nurture concept is a constant point of interest for me.
I liked this because it combined everything I like in one story - we got a bit of everyone which worked well. A story doesn't have to be what it seems at the start.
First of all I should be clear this is not because its badly written - it is not. In fact I liked the style and the pace and Helen Callaghan is obviously talented- people who like psychological thrillers may well love this but I had several issues with the plot and becoming engaged with it.
The story concerns Margot, a teacher , whose alter ego "Dear Amy" is the agony aunt for a local newspaper. When she starts receiving letters from a girl claiming to be a kidnap ...more
Dear Amy started off really promising and I was well and truly gripped. Young girls disappearing and then all of a sudden letters turning up from a girl that everyone has given up hope of every finding alive, it certainly had me intrigued.
I wanted to know as much as Margot why this girl would years after going missing start suddenly writing to her column in the newspaper.
After the initial start of investigating, this ...more
Yet, I couldn't stop reading, so it is one of those books were you know and admit the truth of the faults, but you still don't care anyway. Callaghan gets points for making a lead unlikable, and given the plot, ...more
A well-written thriller, and I liked the characters and allusions to Greek mythology, but for some reason (and I can't explain why some books do this to me) I thought the violence, though not graphic, was depressing.
Firstly the presentation of this book is certainly different. Tied around the book is a piece of coarse string under which is Bethan's letters.
Margot Lewis, paranoid ex-junkie, now teacher (!) and part time advice columnist for a local rag has received two letters purporting to be from Bethan Avery who went missing twenty years previously. Bethan was a fourteen year old schoolgirl snatch off the streets, now presumed dead. ...more