This review is written with thanks to Aria and Netgalley for my copy of Wrong Number.
Amanda Thorn appears to have a perfect life with her husband, Will. That is, until one day, she receives a mysterious phone call asking for someone with a name she does not recognise. The next morning, Will is missing. Where is he? What made him disappear? Will Amanda find him?
When Amanda receives the phone call at the beginning of the novel, her life is turned upside down. At face value, there appears to be nothing remarkable about Amanda, but it is this that makes Wrong Number so compelling. Amanda could easily be the reader, or the reader's friend, and this forces them to think about how they would react in a similar situation. Jones creates a scenario, which is incredibly tense and gripping, and as the plot developed, I was unable to put the book down in my quest to discover what had happened to Will.
Throughout the novel, the reader is given glimpses into Amanda's past where she used the Darknet to earn extra money as a student. The concept of the Darknet is one with which I am not familiar, nor have come across in literature, so I was intrigued by the way it was explored in Wrong Number. Jones has researched the Darknet in detail, and this helped her to add an extra layer to the novel to increase the tension.
Wrong Number is far from the first novel I have read about a missing person this year, and I felt there were elements of this plot that were executed slightly better in other novels. As such, I found parts of this novel to be predictable, particularly towards the beginning, and this meant that it was a slow burner for me.
The novel ends rather abruptly, paving the way for a sequel to be released in May 2017. I look forward to reading this and learning how the plot develops in Jones' second novel.
Wrong Number is available from Amazon.