This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Blink.
Evie Cotter is five when she disappears following an after school class. After three years, no trace of her has been found. Evie's mother,Toni, has never given up hope that she is still alive. Will Toni discover what happened to her?
Blink has two separate narratives. The first takes place in the present day, and the second takes place three years previously. The switch between the time frames is seamless, and it helps Slater to write a novel that is fast paced and full of tension. I read Blink in two days, and spent most of them on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down!
At the beginning of Blink, we learn that Toni and Evie have recently moved to Nottingham from Hemel Hempstead. As they settle into a new life, Slater shows us the many characters with whom they are in contact. In some way, Toni has difficult relationships with most of these people, which meant that when I was trying to work out what had happened to Evie, I found that there were several suspects, and my thoughts as to what had happened changed with each chapter. It is clear that the majority of the characters in the novel have secrets, and past lives from which they would like to move on. As this is true on some level for most people, this made the characters very relatable, but also very intriguing.
It is very difficult to write about Blink without giving away the ending, in which there is a massive twist: a twist I didn't see coming that made me question everything I'd read up to that point. This makes the ending particularly climactic and I was desperate to see what happened.
Blink is one of my favourite books of the year so far and I can't wait to see what else Slater has up her sleeve.
Blink is available from Amazon.