Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 319
Date of Publication: October 7, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
Sherrie and Richard have been blessed with a child. Their only child. Her name is Kayla and Sherrie will move heaven and earth to protect Kayla. If this means being incredibly overprotective, so be it. In fact, Kayla was promised that she could go on a trip with her friends, but her passport was conveniently "lost". That is just an example as to how far Sherrie will go to keep her little girl from growing up. Sadly, one day Kayla goes to a party, never to return home. Sherrie and Richard are beside themselves.
There is a parallel story in this thrilling read by Casey Kelleher. We also have Tessa. One day Tessa is shopping and she spies a man in the grocery store. She begins to panic and is suddenly flooded with memories. The memories go to a very difficult time years ago, and she is certain that the man she just saw had a huge role in her disturbing past. It doesn't take Tessa long to begin falling apart, and this truly worries her partner. Sherrie wants answers, even if searching for those answers works out to her detriment.
How does Tessa's story connect with that of Kayla and her family? That is what readers will discover with Only Child. In this fast-paced story, Sherrie is in a true panic as she is praying Kayla will be found, all while Tessa's past is flooding her present, creating her own brand of panic. What is the secret that binds all of them?
What an exciting story by Casey Kelleher. While the characters had things to hide, the reveals kept on coming, creating tension so thick you could cut it with a knife! Sherrie's sadness was palpable and Tessa's anxiety was just as real. As this book progressed at breaknet speed, it reached a stunning crescendo, making this an exciting one-sitting read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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