This week’s recommendation comes from Kate Doran in our marketing department: ‘I’ve been waiting with baited breath for Gilly Macmillan’s brilliant debut Burnt Paper Sky to publish: a psychological thriller that will have your heart in your mouth from the very first page.
Rachel Jenner is our narrator, the mother of eight-year-old Ben who goes missing when the pair are out walking in the woods. As the story unfolds you become immersed in both Rachel’s private tragedy and the public torment she undergoes. The narrative cleverly weaves in opinion pieces from the press, social media commentary and a blog that becomes increasingly vicious in its criticism of Rachel as a mother. The story has a real pace to it, told alternately from the point of view of Rachel and the detective investigating the case, so you get a real sense of the clock ticking as they desperately try to find out where Ben is, and if he’s still alive.
Gilly Macmillan has already been chosen as an Amazon Rising Star and her debut compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on The Train. If you’re looking for a gripping, psychological read to take on a late summer holiday or simply to get engrossed in on your commute, Burnt Paper Sky is the book for you.’