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Come Back For Me

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,400 ratings  ·  407 reviews
A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets.

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home - the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella retur
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Cornerstone Digital
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May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stella and her family are brought up on a small island of Evergreen where there are only 100 residents. Stella and her siblings Danny and Bonnie live there until Stella is 11 when her parents decide they are leaving the island in the middle of a storm.

Stella is heartbroken at leaving her best friend Jill behind and no matter how much she begs her family to stay they are adamant they need to leave the island immediately!!

The book alternates between 1993 when Stella is growing up and the present
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a child Stella Harvey lived with her family on a small island called Evergreen off the Dorset coast. She loved her life in the close knit community and her freedom to roam the island with her friend Jill. However, one night when she was eleven, her family flee the island in the middle of a storm, never to return. Now twenty five years later, estranged from her father and brother, she hears on the news that a body has been found just next to her old house on the island. Wanting to reconnect wi ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Come Back for Me by Heidi Perks was a thriller that had me hooked from the beginning.
Stella was brought up on the small island of Evergreen until she was eleven years old and was devastated when her family left suddenly one night during a storm.
Years later Stella sees a news report that a body has been dug up near her old home and she feels that she has to go back to the Island to find out it her family are involved.
I really enjoyed this book, I found the characters interesting.
The story kept m
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Stella Harvey & her family left a small island called Evergreen of the Dorset coast, her father didnt tell them why, then years later Stella reads in the paper that a body was dfound in the house she once lived as a child. She gets in contact with her sister Bonnie & tells her what she has found out, Bonnie cannot believe what Stella is telling her.

Stella & Bonnie are not that close one had problems the other hies a secret that cannot be revealed talk about chalk & cheese both are complete oppos
This was a tough one to rate given that I put it aside 30% of the way through, and read two other books in between. The plot was very slow, and even though things did pick up in the last half, it wasn't by much. I can't deny that the wrap-up was original and clever though, so I've settled on a rating of 3.5.

Stella Harvey had the perfect childhood growing up on Evergreen Island. But in 1993, when she was 11 years-old, it all ended, with her family fleeing the island in the middle of the night, n
Louise Wilson
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 4

The story goes between the past and present day as we slowly discover the events that happened in the past. Stella is now an adult but she still really misses living on the small island of Evergreen. Her family left one night during a storm. Now, a skeleton has been dug up just outside the boundary of the house Stella and her family used to live. Stella is determined to find out whose the remains are and what happened to them. So she travels back to the island. It's twenty
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book had me interested at the offset as its a very dramatic start as we see the family ‘steal away’ in the night from Evergreen, the island, 20 mins from Poole, that they have lived on, they have to leave but at that point we don’t know why
A lot of the book is set on the island after a body is found and secrets of the past are literally unearthed!, I LOVED the descriptions of the island, island life, the gossip that held the 102 islanders together and tore them apart and the author built up
Liz Barnsley
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Come Back For Me was a really engaging and addictive read, about family secrets, a tight knit community and family ties.

Stella as an adult still feels the hurt from having to leave her beloved island home as a child, when one stormy night her entire family crept away under cover of darkness. No explanation was given and Stella never heard from her best friend again. Now a body has been found near her childhood house..and long buried secrets are about to emerge..

We go between past and present, sl
Dale Harcombe
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts in 1993 as a family is preparing to leave Evergreen Island. Bonnie, the eldest of the three siblings is happy about leaving. Danny, a budding artist and people watcher, leaves in silence which is much the way he does most things. 11 year old Stella is devastated at leaving her beloved island. Maria, their mother, is concerned about leaving in the storm and wants to delay. But her husband David insists it is essential that they leave immediately. It is in the middle of a storm. W ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first read of a novel by author Heidi Perks and liked it so much I purchased a few more of her books to add to my ever increasing to read list.

The novel starts with eleven year old Stella and her family leaving the family home on Evergreen Island. Stella is upset at leaving but her father insists they need to leave.

Twenty five years later Stella is shocked to see on the news that a body has been found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation tw
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story opens in 1993, when Stella Harvey is 11 years old and one stormy night is told by her parents that they have to leave her beloved island of Evergreen and everyone she knows behind and move back to the mainland immediately, because her dad has a new job, but since leaving the island she has craved the truth as to why they left in such a hurry in the middle of a storm, what were her parents keeping from her? Twenty five years later, a news report reveals that a body has been found in the ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s fantastic when a book starts off strong, and continues strong to the very end – that’s the case with Come Back For Me! Stella and her family fled the island, a body discovered in the garden of her childhood home – coincidence or not? And then the theories begin to form in your mind, and as you read on those theories evolve and change, new suspects, new connections. Any crime reader will tell you they love a mystery they cannot solve; and that it is a real skill on the author’s part to craft ...more
Rachel (not currently receiving notifications) Hall
A setting lacking in credibility and an unconvincing plot - drawn out & melodramatic!

For family counsellor and thirty-six-year-old Stella Harvey, her lasting memory is the idyllic childhood she spent on the supposedly isolated fictional island of Evergreen just off the coast of Dorset. Now living in Winchester she remembers vividly the summer of 1993 ahead of her families swift departure in the midst of a freak storm when she was aged eleven, brother Danny was fifteen and older sister Bonnie was
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ominous, suspenseful, and engrossing!

Come Back For Me is an atmospheric, tortuous, character-driven thriller that takes us into the life of Stella Harvey, a young woman who returns to the island her family hastily left one stormy night when she was a child after a body buried for 25 years is discovered just outside the home she grew up in.

The writing is taut and intense. The characters are troubled, consumed, and multilayered. And the plot using a past/present, back-and-forth style unravels and
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
I wasn't sure whether Ms Perks could live up the bestseller status that over a year later is still present for Now You See Her, but she has crafted another highly addictive and gripping mystery thriller with elements of psychological thriller about secrets families keep and the family ties that seemingly bind us all. Main character Stella still remembers upping sticks in the middle of the night and leaving her childhood home of Evergreen Island without so much as a goodbye to anyone. She has nev ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
4.5 stars

This book delighted my senses, especially the part of me that longs to up sticks and move to a tiny island.

5 Things I Loved:

Intrigue: I had no clue what direction the book would take, and I love when a book surprises me. What did the family up and leave the island so quickly? So many questions, so many complex answers.

The setting: I adore Island settings, and I loved all descriptions that made me vividly picture the Island. The map was the icing on the cake for me.

The main character - S
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Twelve year old Stella and her family leave (the presumably fictional) Evergreen Island, where Stella was born and brought up, amid a raging storm one night in 1993. Stella has never had an adequate explanation as to why.

Years later, the news of the discovery of a body on the island - close to her former family home - spurs Stella to return for the first time since they left. But not everyone is pleased to see her. Long buried secrets are coming to light...

Come Back For Me was a very enjoyable a
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heidi Perk’s previous book, Now You See Her, absolutely rocked my socks off so I couldn’t wait to see if her new offering would live up to that one for me.

The story starts off with a bang when eleven year old Stella is forced to leave her childhood home on Evergreen Island in the middle of a storm. Why are her parents so desperate to leave the island in these circumstances? Twenty-five years later, a body is found near Stella’s childhood home. Stella has always wanted to return to the island and
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book stopped me in my tracks!! I was walking with kindle in my hand as I couldn't stop reading the story, and the twist hit me with a BAM and I stopped. (I had to be prodded by my neighbor to walk again which was kinda embarrassing)

Stella, Bonnie, and Danny lived on the island of Evergreen with their parents when suddenly they had to leave their home in the middle of the night with an impending storm. What happened that night which caused them to leave. After 2 decade of life moving on from
Katerina  Kondrenko
5.5 out of 10

It's more a family issue story sold as a thriller and that's the problem. I expected thrills, you know. The book is not bad, but it's kinda... boring? To be honest, the main intrigue was in the style of Sager and I love Sager. The difference in the way how it was developed. I'd recommend Come Back for Me to lovers of slow-burn mysteries within closed communities with just a hint of suspense and much whine. The writing is nice, so if you're in the mood, you'd enjoy it. As to me,
Heidi Perks is yet another new author for me and I was excited at the prospect of reading such an intriguing mystery in an unusual setting. COME BACK FOR ME is both complex and compelling, and while I struggled to begin with, the story certainly picked up pace and made up for its slow start.

Born and bred on the remote and sheltered community of Evergreen Island, eleven year old Stella loves her island home and never wants to leave. She has her little circle of friends - her best friend bein
Jul 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Stella Harvey had an idyllic childhood growing up on the remote island of Evergreen, near the Dorset coast, with her parents and siblings. But when she was eleven the dream abruptly ended - as their family hurriedly left the island to start afresh, and things were never quite the sane again.

Now, many years later, Evergreen is in the news. A body has been found on the island. Right next to Stella’s old family home. Stella returns to the island to question her past and try and find out exactly wha
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eleven-Year-old Stella, with sister Bonnie and brother Danny live in a small island off the Dorset coast called Evergreen. When one night in a middle of the storm Stella, her parents and her brother and sister leave the island abruptly, with no real explanation.
Twenty-five years later, Stella see a news report on the TV, where a body is found dug up in the garden of her old house in Evergreen. Stella feels that she needs to go back there to see if her family is involved. But when she gets there
The Book Review Café
4 ⭐️ “A secret is something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others”, but as we all know secrets have a way of surfacing however deeply you think you’ve buried them. Come Back For Me the latest Psychological thriller from Heidi Perks is very much about secrets and the damage they can cause. I do love a mystery where you find yourself constantly trying to second guess the plot, for me it makes a book all the more compelling to read, and there are some dark and dangerous secre ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
Once I started reading it, I couldn't put Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks down. It's a story packed with mysteries and secrets and lies, all wrapped up in an increasingly tense community. A compelling thriller that I couldn't put down.

Ten Thoughts While Reading Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks

1. This cover is gorgeous, I love the shades and the contrast, the way the red pops. Interesting tag line too We all have something to hide.

2. A MAP! There is a map! I love maps! Cute island. I think I'd li
~ Becs ~
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
Another thumping good read from Heidi Perks who is fast becoming a fave new author.

As with her previous novel, this is multi-layered, slowly revealed mystery and secret after secret is uncovered until all that’s left is the shocking truth.

I’d recommend this for anyone who is about to spend a couple of weeks on a sun lounger and wants to lose themselves in a page turner.

Can’t wait to see what Heidi brings us next!
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Stella Harvey had an idyllic childhood, living with her family on the tiny, remote island of Evergreen off the coast of Dorset. Eleven years later this is all came to an end when, during a violent storm, they all pile into a boat and head for the mainland. Flash forward twenty-five years and Stella, now 36, is a counsellor living in Birmingham, her older sister Bonnie (who hated island life) is married and lives close by, and Daniel their brother, who seems to have “issues” has left home 18 year ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I haven't read this one ... but the one I read doesn't seem to be on Goodreads "Now You See Her". ...more
Dawn Marsanne
I was intrigued by the description of this book and it is a clever storyline, but I found the first half rather slow moving.
The ending is good but I felt the book could have been a hundred pages shorter.
There are a lot of characters and at times I found them difficult to keep in mind along with their relationships.
Gayle Noble
Why did Stella and the rest of her family have to leave their home on Evergreen in the dead of night? Why did her best friend, Jill, never answer her letters? Who was responsible for the burying of the recently discovered body near their property all those years ago? Twenty five years later, Stella decides to find out the answers to those questions but not everyone wants her to find out.

The story is told from two viewpoints with Stella providing the modern viewpoint, whilst her (now dead) mother
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Heidi Perks was born in 1973. She lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.
Heidi graduated from Bournemouth University in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and then enjoyed a career in Marketing before leaving in 2012 to focus on both bringing up her family and writing.
Heidi successfully applied for a place on the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writ

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