I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Night You Left which is the third novel by Emma Curtis.
IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO UNRAVEL A PERFECT LIFE . . .
When Grace’s fiancé vanishes without a trace the night after proposing, her life is turned upside down. But has Nick walked out on her, or is he in danger?
As Grace desperately searches for answers, it soon becomes clear that Nick wasn’t the uncomplicated man she thought she knew. And when she uncovers a hidden tragedy from his childhood, she realises an awful truth: that you can run from your past – but your secrets will always catch up with you . . .
The Night You Left is a complex and chilling psychological thriller by Emma Curtis, and I found it very difficult to put down. I became utterly absorbed by Emma’s writing as the plot began to unfold. The book opens with the disappearance of Grace’s fiancé, Nick. Grace is distraught. The night before Nick proposed to her and she can’t understand why he would leave without speaking to her. Grace is convinced that something has happened to him, and as details about Nick’s past begin to unravel, it seems that Nick might be in danger.
Emma Curtis’s latest novel is twisty, unpredictable, and cleverly plotted. Emma reels you into the story from the very first line ‘He didn’t take the dog.’ Immediately you are thrown into the story. I really liked the dual timeline here which takes us back to the year 2000, when Nick is a teenager on holiday with his family and a group of friends. As Emma Curtis gradually begins to reveal what happened on that holiday, it becomes apparent that Nick has been hiding certain aspects of his past from Grace. I wanted to find out what had happened during this time. Did it have any bearing on his disappearance in the present? The revelations are devastating, and as Emma Curtis revealed each new detail, she kept me reading on.
I could feel Grace’s frustration as the police seemed to take little interest in her fiancé’s disappearance. In their eyes, he’s a grown adult, and until he has been missing for a certain amount of time, there was little they could do. I also couldn’t believe the treatment Grace was receiving from Nick’s parents. I really took a disliking to them, especially as they seemed to want to move on very quickly and already believed that Nick was dead and wasn’t coming back. This was what made me root for Grace even more. I wanted her to get justice. It also made me want to believe that Nick was still alive.
There are some horrific and disturbing reveals as Emma Curtis reveals the truth about Nick’s past. As Emma did this, I began to join the dots, and I could begin to see some of the reasons behind Nick’s disappearance. The novel shows you how, over time, a past event can fester in someone’s mind. It shows you what a person is capable of if they are just pushed over the edge. And that person is always the one who you least expect.
Emma Curtis’s writing will pull you into the story, and the mystery of Nick’s disappearance will keep you utterly gripped. The Night You Left is a highly entertaining story. I’m looking forward to reading what Emma Curtis comes up with next.
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Print length: 464 pages
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