Book Review: The Second Life of Amy Archer by R.S Pateman

the-second-life-of-amy-archerWhat’s it about?

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace…now she’s back.

On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart.

On the tenth anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth’s world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember; the name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can’t be Amy, she hasn’t aged a day…

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

My thoughts

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not this is a gripping psychological thriller which I really enjoyed. This debut novel by a male author is written from a woman’s perspective but also a mother’s and I think it comes across very well.

Beth is indecisive in what she believes but I think that only makes her more of a believable character. Let’s face it, the majority of people would think she was nuts and not give her the time of day if she started spouting off about her daughter being reincarnated and I could only empathise with her.

It keeps you guessing right up until the end – is she / isn’t she Amy and even after you’re still not 100% convinced either way. These are the best books – the ones you’re still thinking about days after!

I wasn’t quite sure about the past life regression session, I didn’t know if it would be that easy but all will be revealed. I can’t say too much without spoiling! There are so many twists and turns in this book and one point I suspected Beth’s friend and confidante Gill had something to do it but I was going up one of the many garden paths there!

There are some difficult subjects in this book as well as the disappearance of Amy, such as paedophiles, child abuse and the effects this has on families and their victims so probably not for the faint hearted!

Overall it’s an excellent first novel and is one of my favourite reads for this year, if you enjoyed SJ Watson’s Before I Got To Sleep you should enjoy this.

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