Book review – Dear Amy by Helen Callahan…

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received: 
‘Dear Amy, 

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 soon, 

Bethan Avery’
Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . . .
The book starts off with the disappearance of a young girl who attends the school Margot works at. She becomes embroiled in the situation very quickly.
Margot is a troubled woman who has lived a horrible life. She is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage and her conflicting feelings over the disappearance of Katie and the letters she is receiving.
She quickly displays that she is a very intelligent woman but that her past mental health issues are still impacting on her life. It makes a refreshing change to see the protagonist of a story having some complex mental health problems, it really does.
Then all of a sudden, WHAM! The story explodes and rapidly picks up the pace. There are some. Serious twists and in the last few chapters, I found that I couldn’t devour the pages quickly enough.
A five out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Penguin UK for my copy of this book.

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