Did You See Melody?
This is a stand-alone novel from Sophie Hannah. Being a fan of hers, (I had been reading her Spilling CID series but took a break) I was quite excited when the Netgally email came in asking if I wanted an early copy for review purposes.
Did you see Melody? is about a 7-year-old girl who goes missing one day after being dropped off at school by her neighbour.
An investigation into her disappearance first centres on the neighbours. It then moves onto the parents and it’s decided that, even though no body is ever found, there is enough evidence to convict the parents of her murder.
Seven years after the event, Cara Burrows from England turns up at Swallowtail resort in Arizona late at night. She just wants to get to her room and sink into bed as she’s exhausted after travelling.
Upon entering the room, she realises it’s already occupied by a man and a 14-year-old girl.
She’s mortified to have been put in this position and goes back to reception to get it sorted out.
The lady at reception is herself mortified and puts Cara in a private suite with her own swimming pool by way of apology.
The next day, Cara overhears another guest telling the lady at the reception that she’s seen, Melody Chapa. Intrigued, she searches online and finds out that Melody Chapa is the girl who was supposedly murdered and her parents are currently serving life sentences for her murder.
SOme of the things the other guest is saying rings true to Cara and she realises she also saw her in the room the night before.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I’ve not wanted to put down! It’s got the usual twists and turns which Sophie Hannah does well. I was a little disappointed at the end but I’m not saying more because I dont want to spoil it!