You thought she was safe. You were wrong…
Alex knows her daughter would never wander off in a strange place. So when her three-year-old vanishes from an idyllic beach wedding, Alex immediately believes the worst.
The hunt for Lottie quickly becomes a world-wide search, but it’s not long before suspicion falls on her mother. Why wasn’t she watching Lottie?
Alex knows she’s not perfect, but she loves her child. And with all eyes on her, Alex fears they’ll never uncover the truth unless she takes matters into her own hands.
Who took Lottie Martini? And will she ever come home?
About the Author
Tess Stimson is the British author of ten novels, including top-ten bestseller The Adultery Club, and two non-fiction books, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages.
Her first “proper” job after graduating from St Hilda’s College, Oxford (where she read English) was as a news trainee with ITN (Independent Television News). She reported and produced regional and world stories, travelling to hotspots and war-zones all over the globe.
In 2002, she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida and moved to the US. She now lives and works in Vermont with her husband, Erik, their three children, and (at the last count) two cats, three fish, one gerbil and a large number of bats in the attic.
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Alex was never really cut out to be a mother, and while she’s undoubtedly had a trial with her daughter Lottie at times, she loves her more than anything. As a woman with a good career, Alex loves her job. It’s hard balancing work and parenthood. It’s been even harder since Lottie’s father died. But when Lottie goes missing, the investigation tosses her and everyone for a loop. As it picks up steam, things go from bad to worse, and Alex can only hope that they can find Lottie, and fast.
The journalists in this story are brutal. If it were me, I would have got up and walked away from the interviews. In that, Stimson wrote the reporters well. I questioned Quinn when thinking of Timothy, thought: “despite his ginger hair.” I’m still unsure if that is supposed to be a weird dig against redheads. That’s a minor issue when you look at the book as a whole.
We have a strong, assertive woman who is flawed and relatable. She might not wear her heart on her sleeve, but she is desperate to find her daughter. Losing a child is every parent’s nightmare, and I cannot even imagine the pain and fear she is going through. Stimson did a fantastic job portraying the horror Alex was going through. Stolen is a mystery-turned thriller that’s a twisty story and will have you questioning everyone—nicely done.