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Finn (Male), Goes on vacation with Layla; she goes missing; ten years later becomes engaged to Layla's sister;
Layla (Female), Was in love with Finn; goes missing while Finn is away;
Ellen (Female), Layla's sister; falls for Finn;
Young adults
Mysterious disappearances
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Finn and Layla, hopelessly in love, stop at a public rest area on their return from a romantic ski weekend in France. When Finn comes back to the car, he sees the door open and evidence of a scuffle. Layla is gone, never to be heard from again. Finn is accused of her murder and has to comprehend that Layla's body was never found. His only solace is his dog and the country house he shared with Layla, until he finds love and happiness again with Ellen, Layla's sister. Consoling each other over their loss, Ellen and Finn slowly build a relationship, with Ellen moving in and Finn proposing marriage. But when they announce their engagement, strange things occur. A tiny Russian doll, just like one that belonged to Layla, appears on Finn's car. He receives emails claiming Layla is alive. Then there are sightings of her around town. -Ellen and Finn must accept the possibility that Layla is alive. And what Finn didn't tell the police about the night of her death. VERDICT Paris (Behind Closed Doors; The Breakdown) once again proves her suspense chops with this can't-put-down psychological thriller.-Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Investment manager Finn McQuaid, the unreliable narrator of this outstanding Hitchcockian thriller from British author Paris (Behind Closed Doors), has settled into a comfortable routine in the small English community of Simonbridge, bolstered by financial success after landing a big client for his equities firm. But his tranquility is shattered when a friend phones to tell him that his old girlfriend, Layla Gray, who vanished 12 years earlier while the two were on holiday, has been spotted near the cottage they shared in France. Then his wife, Ellen, who's Layla's sister, discovers outside their home a Russian doll that she believes Layla stole from her when they were children. Finn, who has kept the actual circumstances of Layla's disappearance a secret from Ellen, starts finding Russian dolls himself. The stakes rise when he begins getting emails purportedly from Layla. Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded. 400,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Camilla Wray, Darley Anderson Agency (U.K.). (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>She went missing. He moved on. The secrets remained ― until now. Young, in love, and on vacation, Finn and Layla are driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station restroom. He hops out, locks the car doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone ― never to be seen again. That's what Finn told the police. But it's not the whole story. Ten years later, now engaged to Layla's sister, Finn gets a phone call. Someone has seen Layla hiding in plain sight.</p> <br> <br>
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