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What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them
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Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Gallery Books (first published January 8th 2019)
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In a world full of psychological thrillers about missing girls, this is probably the only one that stands out on its own and reigns them all!

What would you do if you leave your kid with your friend, and she suddenly lost it? How would you react if they told you she was on her phone throughout that time? Your friend has many secrets, but hey - SO DO YOU!



While we have the overrated stories of how a girl goes missing, everyone involved is
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Louise Wilson
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now you see her - she's playing at the school fete with your own children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook , and when you look up again - NOW YOU DON'T.

Charlotte is Harriet's only friend. Charlotte is divorced from Tom and has three children. Harriet is married to Brian and has a daughter called Alice. Harriet has never been separated from Alice since the day she was born. Harriet is taking a bookkeeping course and asks Charlotte to look after her. Charlotte takes Alice and her
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Carrie
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a gripping thriller that covers every parents worse nightmare, a child gone in the blink of an eye. The author has given this a bit of a twist though with it being a friend taking care of the little girl when she goes missing.

Harriet had never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she had been born. Other mothers use babysitters, friends or family quite often to get even a small break but Harriet was a stay at home mother who hadn’t trusted
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Kendall
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is an emotional thriller that will definitely take you on a ride.

Of course what I do love about thrillers is that it's always darkness that will unfold at the seams once you begin the story. Heidi lays the groundwork nicely for her readers and has a nice little twist in this one that will keep you reading.

Harriet has never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she gave birth to her. One day Harriet's best friend Charlotte offers to take Alice t
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Nicki
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This absolutely brilliant thriller is the story of the unlikely friendship between two women.There's Charlotte,divorced mother of three children,lovely house,no money worries,popular and friends with many of the mother's who meet up everyday to have a good gossip in the school playground.Then there's Harriet,married to Brian,mother of four year old Alice,lives in a drab,depressing little house,has no friends and always seems nervous and on edge.Against the odds and to the utter astonishment of C ...more
Zoe
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophisticated, riveting, and chillingly plausible!

Now You See Her is a highly suspenseful, character-driven thriller that delves into the psychological and emotional devastation caused by a missing child and the resulting finger-pointing, fragility and dynamics between friends, family members, investigators, and the community at large.

The writing is clear and precise. The characters are complex, secretive, and troubled. And the plot told from dual point of views and alternating timelines, before
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Nicola Gipson
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Now You See Her’ is the gripping new thriller from Heidi Perks.
It follows unlikely best friends Charlotte and Harriet.
Charlotte lives in a nice part of town. She’s separated from her husband, has three young children and is one of the popular mums in the playground.
Harriet is quiet and nervous. She’s married to Brian, has one child four year old Alice,lives in a small depressing house and only has Charlotte to call on as a friend.
It’s the day of the school fete.Charlotte will be taking her thr
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NZLisaM
Emotionally Charged Psychological Suspense that had me riveted!

Fictional, domestic crime thrillers featuring missing children are flying off the shelves right now, and having read my fair share, I can honestly say that Now You See Her is among the best ones I’ve read. My second-to-top pick for this year, only beaten by Mark Edwards, The Retreat.

Mother of three, Charlotte, takes her kids (all under ten) to the school fete. Accompanying them is four year-old Alice, daughter of Charlotte’s close fr
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Dannii Elle
For me, Summer is all about thrillers! When the skies are blue and the temperatures are rising this seems to be where I gravitate, and so I have been reading many titles from the genre. But when much of my reading deals with similar topics I do also find it easy to become disenchanted with the action-dominated scenes or immune to the high-stakes plot-lines. However, I can undoubtedly say that my most recent read, Heidi Perk's Now You See Her, had me HOOKED!

The events that play out inside this bo
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This was one of those books that kept me guessing from start to finish and threw up some great curve-balls! It's every parent's worst nightmare, your child is gone, vanished, nowhere to be found. Imagine if you were taking care of your friend's child and it's YOU that loses sight of them. Horrendous right?

This complex character book shares with us the story of both characters. If you like flawed people where you are not sure if you are on their team or not, this is one for you. I loved the pace
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Lucie
Gosh this was good.

Charlotte is watching her best friend's daughter, Alice, for the day as a favor. She takes her to the school fete, along with her own three children, for a day of fun. The fete is packed with families, children everywhere, games, rides, sweets.

One moment, Charlotte has all of the children in her sight, and the next, she doesn't. One is missing.

What's worse???.... the one who's missing is Alice, her best friend's child. OH MY GOD.

After thoroughly searching for Alice, Charlotte
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Lou
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel from Heidi Perks and it was an easy one to relax into, exactly what I needed at the time. I've already downloaded "Beneath the Surface" to cure my insomnia this evening as I await another release from her in the not-so-distant future. There have been a lot of books with the same premise out recently - a child that goes missing and the ensuing chaos and impending doom that follows.

Charlotte is looking after her best friend Harriet's daughter Alice. She had taken Alice along
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Pauline
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Harriet leaves her four year old daughter Alice in the care of her friend Charlotte to attend a course in bookkeeping. While at the school fete with Charlotte and her three children, Alice goes missing.
This is a story full of twists and turns and it about secrets, lies and control. I enjoyed this book even though I found Charlotte and Harriet to be flawed and unlikeable.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK Cornerstone for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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Arc Book Review
Release Date-26/7/18

This was a new author for me and I found "Now You See Her" to be a great introduction to this particular writers work.
It was a fast-paced read; managing to keep me on my toes throughout.
Full of twists and turns this did a great job of retaining and investing my attention.
The story itself revolves around friends Harriet and Charlotte and the fallout that results when the unimaginable happens.
Charlotte at a school fete manages to lose Harriets daughter; on
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marilyn
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte was more than happy to watch her friend Harriet's four year old daughter, the first time that Harriet had ever been away from her daughter more than a few hours. Charlotte, her three children, and Harriet's daughter Alice, had a fun day at a school fair to enjoy. But soon after arriving at the fair, Alice is missing and life changes forever for Charlotte and Harriet.

Charlotte is criticized for losing sight of a child that is not hers and even for using her phone to post on Facebook ar
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marilyn
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Charlotte was more than happy to watch her friend Harriet's four year old daughter, the first time that Harriet had ever been away from her daughter more than a few hours. Charlotte, her three children, and Harriet's daughter Alice, had a fun day at a school fair to enjoy. But soon after arriving at the fair, Alice is missing and life changes forever for Charlotte and Harriet.

Charlotte is criticized for losing sight of a child that is not hers and even for using her phone to post on Facebook ar
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Liz Barnsley
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced and very intriguing thriller about a missing child and the rift it creates between two close friends.

This is one of those bang through books you can't put down where everyone is hiding something, Heidi Perks writes with an instinctive knowledge of how to keep the reader enthralled and dissects her characters along the way until you see them clearly.

The resolution may be unexpected (although I've seen it before I've not seen it done in perhaps quite such a compelling way so I caught
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Dianne
A parent’s worst nightmare. A child goes missing while under the supervision of another and there isn’t a trace of her to be found. The only person who knows where she is, is the person responsible, not even the police have a clue, but Charlotte knows it was her fault, she failed to protect her best friend’s only child. Why should Harriet ever forgive her? What happened to Alice?

There is more to this abduction than meets the eye as dark and twisted secrets unfold in the stark light of day.

HER
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The Book Review Café
Three year old Alice goes missing, hardly an original theme you might think and to some degree I would agree with you, but then Heidi Perks comes along and turns what could have been another “run of the mill” psychological thriller into something very special. Imagine being asked to look after your best friends child and then you lose them, what would be worse losing your own child or someone else’s? that’s pretty much the premise for Now You See Her. Friendships are tested, scrutinised And diss ...more
Katherine Hayward
I whizzed through this in a matter of hours! Two friends, Charlotte and Harriet, are at the fête at their children's' school. The weather is hot, and people are in good spirits and having fun. Then, one of the children goes missing.....

Told in alternate points of view set both before and after the event, the story plays out in a series of plot twists and turns as This is the first book I have ever listened to by Heidi Perks, and her writing is flawless, It took me back to fêtes at my own school
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lovebooks
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Her One Mistake is about Charlotte who is watching Harriet’s 4 year old daughter at the school fair with Charlotte’s three children. While at the fair Harriet’s daughter Alice disappears. Both woman are devastated. But all isn’t want it seems Grest suspenseful book. .
Mark
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When read about this book I saw it was billed as the ‘Book of the Summer’, I raised an eyebrow at this but,quite simply it should and think will be!
It is a story of two friends, one looks after the others 4 year old girl for the day and takes her with her family to the village fete....the child disappears.....and that is as much of the story as will ‘go into’ to do more would be to give the story away....you are left with the 2 friends, Charlotte and Harriett and you will take a side, sympathise
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Shalini
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book had strange powers. I saw the shadowy tendrils arise from it in an insidious manner, swirl slowly, taking a careful whiffs around, and then ensaring me, pulling me towards it till I was addicted to reading the book. Such was the power of Heidi Perks' Now You See Her

The story revolved around a child Alice, her mother Harriet, and the neighbor/friend Charlotte. The three formed the main crux of the story. Harriet had to attend a day course on the day of the fête, so Charlotte was minding
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rin (lorenzo)
kinda unrelated, but i'm still bitter that Now You See Me's (2013) sequel wasn't called "Now You Don't"
michelle
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot of Psychological thrillers about missing children at the moment but, wow this is stands out from the rest.
Charlotte is Harriet’s best friend and only friend. She lives with her Husband Brian and daughter Alice. Charlotte is divorced and has 3 children of her own. It’s the day of the summer fete and Charlotte offers Harriet to take Alice to the fete. As Harriet is going on a book keeping course. But, Brian doesn’t know this as she would stop her from going.
It’s the day of the fete
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Kirsty 📚📖❤️
Review to follow on 28/7 as part of a blog tour
Deborah
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's every parent's worst nightmare.... the disappearance of a child. But what if it's someone else's child? One that you're supposed to be looking after? Is that better or worse?

This book unfolds in two time frames.... the 'now' when we meet Charlotte in a police interview; and the 'then' just a few weeks before as her best friend Harriet drops 4yr old Alice off for Charlotte to babysit. An over-protective mother, it's the first time Harriet's been away from Alice so Charlotte's pleased her fri
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Joanna Park
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a book this was.  It was absolutely brimming with tension and full of so many unexpected twists and turns that I felt dizzy.

This book covers one of my worst fears, losing one of the kids in a public place and not being able to find them.  Having lost Douglas for five terrifying minutes in Matalan once (I say lost but he’d actually decided to hide behind some coats) I know how scary it is and the author’s fabulous descriptions really brought the incident back to me as it was very true t
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Rachel Hall
Under the guise of a standard missing child scenario Now You See Her eventually gravitates to a central question of just what lengths a mother has the right to go to in order to protect her child and what constitutes forgivable behaviour between female friends. How far can a person ever expect to rely on, or ask of their friends and when does a person’s actions move from justifiable to inexcusable? Sadly, the resulting story proves neither compelling or believable and its conclusions are underwh ...more
Carolyn
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an advanced digital copy in return for my honest review. This was a suspenseful book, but often slow paced. I enjoyed that the story was told from the perspectives of the two main female characters. I didn’t much care for the book’s structure. The narrative kept going back and forth in time and I thought this type of story needed a more linear structure to sustain pacing and suspense. There were a couple of good twists later in the book which I ha ...more
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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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